Steve Summers bangs out four new tracks on his Analogous Desires EP. Summers takes his usual palette of analog machines and creates a new feel for the four tracks on this record. Large Juno basslines, dreamy string leads, and big roomy 707 hits Analogous Desires combines classic elements of Chicago, Detroit, and New York house sounds with some dreamy soundscapes.
Four tracks of rugged ‘ouse music from Disco Nihilist. These tracks are 100% hardware built, from the ruff-as-yer-nana’s kneecaps beats of ‘relentless’ and ‘relentless drums’ – paying homage to Steve Poindexter’s ‘Work That MF’, to the sleazier, more hypnotic ‘Quit While You’re Ahead’ nd the pounding jack of ‘You Never leave Your Room’.
Disco Nihilist’s music production rejects PCs decked with sleek software and infinite options. Instead he chooses to operate within the parameters of dated, hands-on music technology. This is not art made for the sake of process or equipment fetishism, but rather a real human interaction with the instruments at hand.
Hot on the heels of his debut 12inch on Love What You Feel, Disco Nihilist teams up with Daetron Vargas to kick-start another brand new US label called Construction Paper. Disco Nihilists lo-fi rhythms are augmented with Daetron Vargas melodic sensibilities on the A1 cut that locks listeners into its hypnotic groove. The collaboration continues on the B1 with a low down acid track that strips the groove down to the bone. Ruthless hardware minimalism is also the philosophy here, with swung 707 beats and tweaked 303 that are only slightly augmented with delay to deliver a driving dancefloor joint. In true old-school style, the Drum Mix of A1 completes the B side, sure to please all the jocks who fiend for more new rhythm trax. Rounding out the release is a stunning solo jam by Daetron Vargas, in the A2 position, whose bare-bones production belies its considerable emotional qualities. Daetrons track sounds like a lost first-wave Detroit gem that has spent the last 20 years decaying on a basement shelf. The primitive fidelity gives the track a raw edge that cannot be duplicated in-the-box with >vintage< plug-ins. This release is yet another step in the establishment of the new deep house and techno underground in the United States that combines old equipment and production techniques with modern ideas to take the sounds forward.