Traumer – Dedust EP

Artist : Traumer
Title : Dedust EP
Label : Desolat
Cat No : DESOLATX025
Date : 07/07/2014
Genre : Techno

Traumer aka Romain Reynaud has been plugging away of late with a string of fresh material surfacing in 2014, much of which has seen the blossoming producer pick up support from the likes of Mr.G, Franck Roger, Doc Martin and Shadow Child. Here we see Romain join the roster of Loco Dice and Martin Buttrich’s infamous Desolat imprint, a driving force in underground electronic music having released material from Premiskeu, DJ QU, tINI, Davide Squillace and of course the label founders themselves.

Across the double pack we see Traumer skilfully explore a range of styles. The opening cut on the A side, ‘Hoodlum’ eases us in nicely with a bass-driven, funk-infused groove fuelled by jazzy melodies and gritty drum sounds. ‘Insola’, which delves into darker territories, follows this with distorted rhythms, swirling vocal licks and a Detroit tinged stab sequence. B1 ‘Shuttering’ employs a similar aesthetic tipping the focus towards weighty percussive elements while the processed chord hits subtly drive the movement of the composition. B2 ‘Static Run’ explores new territories as Traumer blends a hypnotic arpeggio with bubbling low-slung percussion and expansive atmospherics.

Entering the second 12’’ we have ‘Swish’ which sees Romain opt for a more refined and minimalistic drum groove and classic dub tactics to create a blossoming seven-minute cut. ‘Wasp’ tips the vibe back to peak hours with a bumpy head-nodding rhythm construction, while a low-pitched vocal and evolving, resonant synth lines add a further mind-bending appeal to the record. The package is then rounded off nicely with closing pieces ‘Chord X’ and ‘Mobius’, the first of which, as the name would suggest is led by insistent chord sequences and rumbling low-end hits, while the latter well and truly polishes off the package in style with meandering synth lines and a tripped out, unfolding feel. If you like your groovy techno you need to get on this release ASAP. Another superb release from this very strong label, and hats off again to Mr Buttrich and Mr Dice for signing this gem.

Track list

A1 Hoodlum
A2 Insola
B1 Shuttering
B2 Static Run
C1 Swish
C2 Wasp
D1 Chord X
D2 Mobius


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.