A little over year after it's foundation, Reaktivate achieves one of it's 1st major goals : to put out a release in a tangible, physical format. Even though the label tries to put the same care into each of it's releases, independently of the final form it takes, as we believe in making the music acessible to as many people as possible, we realize that entering the vinyl market is a decisive step in the showing of commitment and belief in what we do and the artists we support, to the scene at large.
For this landmark release, RKT upholds it's tendency to be a platform that combines both newcomers and established artists in techno. Up and coming Colombian talent Daniel Restrepo (Astronomical Telegram) represents a strong bet that we feel is justified, and here he is met by three (well, actually four) artists with proven track records in modern techno with an eye beyond the functional.
Restrepo's original, 'Near-Heart Object', is a rugged, authentic-sounding piece of pure techno that seems to place the listener in some sort of debris-strewn outer space industrial complex. The most immediately noticeable characteristic is the punishing industrial-strength kick drum work, that sustains an urgent and stress-inducing composition of shrieks and bells underscored by a chilling drone. The whole thing is a simple but effective updated take on classic british techno in the Surface and Blueprint vein. The remixes are a pan-national snapshot of left-of-centre techno. From England, Perc Trax stalwarts Dead Sound & Videohead accomplish the feat of creating a heavy yet funky rework that somehow belies their hip-hop influences. You can almost imagine a robot breakdance contest being soundtracked by their remix. Japanese rising star Ducerey ada Nexino, with releases to that name on Genesa and Par Recordings, has been making a bit of a rumble with his Yuji Kondo alias, achieving release slots on Semantica and Perc Trax, and his vision of 'Near-Heart Object' is actually more reminiscent of his work under that name. You know what this means : a blistering industrial-techno rendition based on tribal syncopation and distortion, punctuated by whipping snares that adds an even stronger urgency to the bell-sounding motif of the original. A floor destroyer, for sure. Finally, Stanislav Tolkachev approaches Astronomical Telegram's work in an appropriately titled 'Heavy and Unusual' fashion. Tolkachev hails from Russia, but he really seems to operate in a world of his own, demonstrated through a high-octane/high-BPM reading of the original. Stanislav states that this is the rhythm of his life, and through it we are presented with an analogic sound-world of mantra-like qualities, intertwining propulsive drum-work, disorienting space pulses and pin-prick bleeps constantly swirling around each other. Light emerges from this vortex in the form of swelling pads, providing an emotional rush that will stick with the listener long after the track is over. A fitting mind-warping finale for a special release of which RKT is immensely proud of.
|A1||Near - Heart Object (Original Mix)|
|A2||Near - Heart Object ( remix Dead Sound & Videohead )|
|B1||Near - Heart Object ( remix Ducerey Ada Nexino )|
|B2||Near - Heart Object (Stanislav Tolkachev Heavy and Unusual)|