Intrinsic – Firewalls [EMP019]

Steven Tang’s Emphasis returns with the reclusive Intrinsic on Firewalls. ”Firewalls” builds soulfully techno syncopated synths & rhythms while the deeply modulated ”Falling” is thick & smoky filled with delayed synth madness that coalesces with a brooding bass line. Includes ”Bonus Beats”.

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Intrinsic – Firewalls [EMP019]

Steven Tang – Infintesimal [EMP017]

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Surprisingly, this is Steven Tang’s first 12″ in some two years (under his own name), and marks his first appearance on Emphasis Recordings (an imprint he founded way back in 1998) since 2011. Happily, it was worth the wait, because Infintesimal is amongst the Chicagoan’s best worth to date. Heavily influenced by vintage Detroit techno, its’ four tracks take in rolling creepiness (“Approaching Theory”), shimmering blends of Larry Heard style deep house and Motor City futurism (“Escaping Thoughts”), deep and spacey dancefloor bliss (“Verged (Obsolete Mix)”), and retro-futurist techno sweatiness (the undulating chords and hissing cymbals of title track “Infintesimal”). In other words, it’s a fine EP packed full of floor-friendly gems.

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Steven Tang – Infintesimal [EMP017]

Chicago Skyway – Empty Patterns [EMP016]

‘Empty Patterns” is a collection of tracks named after empty, programmable user patterns founds in most modern sequencers, synthesizers, and drum machines. All tracks are DJ tools and is geared towards DJs and dance floors. Lots of Chicago jacking house style drum patterns and bass synth stabs, with added reverb and distortion for grit and color.

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Chicago Skyway – Empty Patterns [EMP016]

Tapirus – Enlightenment [EMP014]

Hailing from Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Dutch artist, Tapirus aka Charlton Ravenberg reemerges with new single on U.S. imprint, Emphasis. Enlightenment is an ethereal jacking track, taking inspiration from the Dutch and Detroit techno of yesteryear. Shuffling 707+808+909 drum sounds underneath melancholic synth pad. A string solo plays gingerly on top, sending the listener into deep space! Finishing off side A, is What Do You Recon, a bubbling, burbling acid track; twisting and warping minds on the dance floor. Had To Walk Away Girl, because sometimes you just have to. Its not about you! Dutch techno at its finest here. Acid bassline tweaking underneath solo synth line that meanders through the ebb and flow of your thoughts. Rounding out the single is Specific Epithet, which conjures up dark, wide spaces in the mind with its eerie synth solo and low synth bass stabs.

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Tapirus – Enlightenment [EMP014]

Obsolete Music Technology – Incite [EMP013]

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New EP on Emphasis Recordings. Track “Incite” from ”Thoughts From Chicago Vol. Three” 7” (Eargasmic) gets a rearrange by Steven Tang, and a Dubbyman remix. A mid tempo goover called ”Slight” rounds out the EP.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Incite [EMP013]

Obsolete Music Technology – Since The Accident [EMP012]

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Proper box-bangers and sci-fi house from Steven Tang aka Obsolete Music Technology, backed with a cracking Specter remix. Steven recreates a track he imagines he heard at the Since The Accident party, in the 80s. 303 bass over 707 drums. Also includes a bonus beat & Specter remix of STA, plus added track “Descending”.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Since The Accident [EMP012]

Obsolete Music Technology – Mmmmmusic [EMP011]

Steven Tang presents “Mmmmmusic” under his Obsolete Music Technology moniker, a 4-track, 12″ vinyl single focuses in on melody, which has become the signature sound and of his label, Emphasis. The release includes also a Chicago Skyway remix.

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Obsolete Music Technology – Mmmmmusic [EMP011]

Tang – Bass Synergy [EMP010]

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New release by Steven Tang on his label, Emphasis Recordings. Its been almost 2 years since the last Emphasis release, so its about time for a new one! The title track continues in that Chicago/Detroit vibe that we all come to know from Tang. It starts off with a bass heavy, industrial styled, drum programming before a pulsating bass comes riding along a funky melody. Just when you think you got the beef of the track, things break down to rumbling arppegiated bass roll. Them boom! Both basslines and percussion come back in for the finish! Did we mention there’s strings? Backing the main track on the flip, we have Drone and Synchronism. Originally given away as a free digital download, ”Drone” kicks off the b-side with it’s minimal, low end drums drowned in a delay effect and arppregiated bassline, subtly filtered through out this floor stomper. Rounding out the single is Synchronism, with it’s dark pad sound coupled with another arppregiated bassline and strings; very early 90’s Detroit techno vibe.

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Tang – Bass Synergy [EMP010]