ARCHETYPES

By on 9th August 2019

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ODDiO FACToRY – To Be Or Not To Betty (EP)

Tracks:

1. OK Carrol
2. To Be Or Not To Betty feat. Marteen 04:56
3. To Be Or Not To Betty {Franck Roger Wonky Edition} 06:48
4. To Be Or Not To Betty {Franck Roger Wonky Dub} 04:11

 

And now for something completely different. Making their release debut, Parisian pair ODDiO FACToRY serve up a powerful dose of wonky disco tech goodness for our 42nd Chapter, aided by two reworks from French house legend Franck Roger.

The package opens with a dose of hooky, funky quality in OK Carrol. Referencing the Western shoot out of 1881, this is a killer slow jam which packs a combination of guitars and dark, off kilter grooves.

Title track To Be Or Not To Betty feat. Marteen is a glorious combination of infectious funky guitar licks, soulful vocals and huge bass, all overlaid with bewitching, dark atmospheres.

As founder of the classic imprint Real Tone Records, Franck Roger knows a thing or two about house music. For his Wonky Edition, he takes a deep, rolling and dubby route that keeps things hypnotic, interspersed by an epic and dramatic sub line. This is backed up by a Wonky Dub which is a club tool guaranteed to keep the dancefloor moving in the deepest hours of the night.

All told, ODDiO FACToRY’s To Be Or Not To Betty is a masterfully rounded EP with a deft French touch.
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released December 6, 2019

Original artwork by Sofie Louise Dam.

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Mulya & Sobek – Mirrored Screen (EP)

Tracks:

1. Mirrored Screen
2. Shaking Hands
3. Hard Curve
4. Mirrored Screen {Rinzen Edition}

 

Mulya and Sobek author our next Chapter, reprising a creative relationship which has already borne significant fruit. Their work has seen them find a home together with labels including Monaberry and TAU, while they have been picked up individually by imprints including Bedrock and Get Physical.

 

 

 

Here they offer three big hitters. Title track Mirrored Screen opens things in style, its chunky afro techno groove offset by an enigmatic synth line and a choppy single note pattern that is laden with tension. Tribal vocals add to the mix before the main hook opens out and satisfyingly hits home.

Shaking Hands is the follow up, built around a distorted, pitching percussive groove for a determinedly heads down, wild affair that is bound to move the dancefloor.

Rounding things off, Hard Curve is just as heavyweight. Equally moody and foreboding as it is hypnotic and driving, it comes paired with an Edition by breakout artist Rinzen (mau5trap). Rinzen’s rework is progressive and euphoric, communicating and deploying a sense of scale that is reminiscent of classic Sasha or Stephan Bodzin.

Rinzen’s Edition makes for a fitting closer to a very strongly rounded EP from Mulya & Sobek.

 
released September 20, 2019

Original artwork by Sofie Louise Damm.

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1-coverDaniele Di Martino – Transformer (EP)

Tracks:

1.Transformer
2.Something
3.Gerudi

Our next Chapter brings Berlin-based Daniele Di Martino to the fore with a typically robust and direct offering in the form of the Transformer EP.

The MONO.NOISE label head follows up recent releases on Get Physical, Katermukke and Bar 25 with a set of three heavy hitters that showcase his clinical style and very effectively straddle the more melodic end of the worlds of house and techno.

Title track ‘Transformer’ delivers chunky beats, afro swagger and hooky call and response synths that make for a memorable and lasting impression and beg repeat plays. Meanwhile ‘Something’ follows this up with a crescendo of eerie top lines and unsettling atmospheres that give way to a pulsing, undulating techno groove. Both tracks are a masterclass in the use of dancefloor tension.

The package is rounded off by a collaboration with fellow Berliner Robin Schellenberg. ‘Gerudi’ has a slightly techier flavour anchored around a repeating synth, all set off by a devastating squelchy bass and a soaring break.

These powerful stories in sound are bound to be recounted again and again this summer.

released July 12, 2019

Original artwork by Sofie Louise Damm.

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