Release date: 12 December, 2016
Over a 20-year period, Drumcode has grown to become arguably the most influential force in techno, but at the core of this success, is always the personal aspect for label boss Adam Beyer. The connections he forms as a result of music – whether with fans or his family of artists who release on the label – are his lifeblood and give him the most pleasure.
One such relationship that’s blossomed since they first released on Drumcode in 2015, is with Dense & Pika (AKA Alex Jones and Chris Spero). Sharing both a similar work-flow and a dry sense of humour, the connection rings true on their first collaborative EP that took shape after Beyer spent two days bunkered down in the Brit’s studio after Junction 2 in June.
Highlighting sets everywhere from Awakenings during ADE to Spazio 900 in Rome, the tracks are hard-hitting master studies in industrial-edged techno. ‘Going Down’ is built around a deep menacing vocal, as subterranean bass drums, thundering kicks and a sinister synth line combine for a high impact finish. ‘Future’ is a chunky stomper perfect for the winter warehouse party season, as multi-layered synths and effects rub shoulders with heavy-set drums to ensure this one hits its target.
“I’ve always liked collaborations – they bring out the best in me. I’m also a big fan of Dense & Pika’s raw sound, so this worked well. Chris and Alex are great to work with and are really clear with their vision when they make music. I like their work techniques where they are running things through hardware and recording live takes and cutting them up in DAW. I used to work a lot like that in the past, so we have a similar work-flow. They are also funny in a dry English sort of way which suits me perfectly.” – Adam Beyer