Exclusive Premiere: Abe Duque – 22 October (Absence Seizure)

Artist: Abe Duque / Matuss
Title: Seizure No. 11
Label: Absence Seizure
Format: Vinyl Only
Cat No: AS011
Release Date: 1st March 2019
Genre: Techno

This March, the New York City-based imprint Absence Seizure will see its joint founders Abe Duque and Matuss join forces once more to deliver ‘Seizure No. 11′, following up on their recent collaborative efforts with another four tracks of soulful, stripped-down techno.

The EP begins in quintessential Duque fashion, running quirky and soulful melodies over a throbbing bassline and emotionally charged synths, whilst tying in the acid sounds that have been a staple of his music since his very earliest releases all the way back in 1993 as a regular in the New York wave of acid house and underground techno. ’22 October’ presents us with a progressive and skilfully executed cut, toning down some of the more muscular techno he sometimes produces in favour of a more freeform and chilled out vibe that layers funky synth melodies over bouncy rhythms and drawn-out sonic ambient textures.

The baton is then passed to Matuss for the remainder of the EP, beginning the journey straight off the bat with ‘Between 4AM and Basement’, a rather more threatening number than the release’s opener. The minimalism of the stripped-back beats instantly builds a dark atmosphere, creating a compelling flow through the track that opens up into a shuffling house-tinged beat and dreamy background soundscapes that will carry you gently along for the ride.

The muted rhythms of ‘Meet You at the Back Door’ morph and skip around from one beat to the next to forge a jumpy and infectious musical trip that will instantly catch you up in its driven grooves. The EP’s finale ‘Moon Guardian’ then opts for a different tack entirely, starting out with a confident, breaky beat and adding layer upon layer until the track reaches an exhilaratingly multifaceted climax. Unsettling cosmic ambience, distorted vocal samples, crescendos of noise and the ongoing and constantly evolving beats are brought to a perfect balance in this track, guiding the EP to a mysterious and gripping conclusion.
Matuss and Abe Duque are set to bring you this hypnotic release on their own vinyl-only label Absence Seizure on the 3rd of March 2019.

Tracklist:
01. Abe Duque – 22 October
02. Matuss – Between 4AM and Basement
03. Matuss – Meet You at the Back Door
04. Matuss – Moon Guardian


Ian French
About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.