Artist: Hector & Nicole Moudaber
Title: Retrosaw EP
Cat No: VLK001
Released: 15th January 2018
It’s almost 20 years ago that Hector left Mexico to pursue his dream of DJing. On this journey, he has learnt that there is no room for complacency, and to stay sharp you need to test your skills.
‘VLack’ is a new imprint created by Hector for techno-focused releases, that he also enjoys playing and producing, outside of those deeper more minimal grooves.
Through his years of working at Phonica Records as a young and aspiring DJ, Hector was exposed to many genres of electronic music. Many of which he had never heard before, and this was the hugely inspirational time that musically shaped him as an artist.
For the first release on ‘VLack’, Hector collaborates with an artist he commends for being an unstoppable powerhouse, Nicole Moudaber. Nicole is not only recognised as one of the most passionately followed DJ/producers in the world, but also an event promoter, record label founder and radio host. A one-woman army, marching her muscular take on techno all over the globe having played at the world’s most revered nightclub institutions as well as hosting her own brand of MoodRAW Warehouse events and MoodZONE festival stages.
Having met Nicole through Smokin’ Jo, the two naturally clicked. This led to Hector producing a remix for Moudaber’s 2015 collaboration EP with Skunk Anansie singer Skin. A project he admired Nicole for, and the way it sought to break the boundaries down.
Working together, Hector and Nicole’s production style gelled perfectly as they understand each other musically but respect each other’s individual sound. Mixing the two producers styles together was a challenge, but one the pair relished. Taking their time to ensure the end product was something they were both happy with.
The ‘Retrosaw’ EP has three dark minimal cuts representative of both Hector and Nicole Moudaber. The first track ‘Retrosaw Dub’ is full of swelling subs and brooding bass with minimal percussion. ‘Retrosaw 2’ sees the addition of some moody synths on top of crisp hi-hats. The last track from the EP ‘Busted’ brims with bubbling bass hits, distorted mechanical sounds.