Brokntoys techno series detic continues with Crystal Maze. Gijs Poortman & Marco Spaventi form Crystal Maze, a sporadic project when they both get the time away from their busy solo projects. Here they present 4 tracks cutting between rolling techno, deep jacking grooves and beatless excursions.
G-String brings something new to the Broken Dreams pot. Stripped down, bare bones blackened machine music. Decoration is removed, the ornate purged. In their place sit burnt out remains. Chords are hollowed and scraped, rhythms smeared and smudged as loneliness is amplified. A stark and spartan statement of grey skies and dark eyes.
Crystal Maze’s return on Bio Rhythm. Three cosmic techno jams of the absolute highest order, crafted & molded after dark at the Crystal’s analog alchemist lab.
Cultured Greek outlet Echovolt serves up its second EP of the year and this one comes from Amsterdam techno pair Crystal Maze aka G-String and Marco Antonio Spaventi. ‘Black Orchid EP’ contains two slow techno jams that go deep and long plus a shorter kind of otherworldly beat less sound design. There are times that the production places plenty of focus on melody and other moments that terrified synth sounds conjure an uneasy sense of terror that then turns into trippy, loopy techno rhythms. There’s plenty of warmth, atmosphere and invention in all three tunes here, and together they make the ideal combination for both club use and heady listening.
Formed of Italian producer Ma Spaventi and Dutchman G-String aka Gijs Poortman, whose releases for the likes of M>O>S and Echovolt have provided some of Holland’s most interesting deep techno output, Crystal Maze arrive on aDepth Audio with their debut album, Enter The Maze. With only two 12? releases to their name, a full album of Crsytal Maze material is an ambitious statement from the pair, but one that sees Spaventi and Poortman continue to develop the Crystal Maze sound which has been characterised a decidedly dark edged manipulation of analogue techno. Across ten tracks the duo display a wide variety of sounds and influences; “Slow Swirl” sounds like Drexciya taken down to a lumbering, mid-tempo groove, “Indian Tape” combines rubbery, ghetto house textures with swelling deep house chords, “Mirrors Chamber” comes across like the sub aquatic dub techno of Porter Ricks, while “Dr Claw” creates a low slung, warped vision of Detroit techno’s first wave. An ambitious album, yes – but one that more than succeeds.
Echovolt notch up their 8th release with a fine offering by R-A-G and Crystal Maze member, G-String. G-String delivers two delicately rough dance music delights, effortlessly marrying tripped out emotive ambience to the essence of jack. The 12” is topped off with a wonderfully blurred out remix of ‘Ghoul’ by D’Marc Cantu!
The deepest techno act from Amsterdam with their deepest works so far. In three haunting and hypnotic analog techno jams Spaventi & G-string show us the beauty of darkness. Not sure which spirit possesed them that night but it was a nasty one! With their sparse 909 percussion and eerie synths they deliver techno how it once was intended: funky yet moody, seductive yet alienating… The Bio Rhythm continues.
Amsterdam-based duo Crystal Maze have produced the ultimate mix of Detroit techno, Chicago house and electro. Chicago Skyway delivers aDepth audio’s hottest, jackin’ remix, seriously influenced by the original analogue sound of Chicago house.