Denver’s own Mick Finesse (aka Steve Penders), recently released a very fine techno record for a very fine label, run by a very fine man. Ali ‘Perc’ Wells being the latter runs Perc Trax and released the EP “Tunnel Vision”…straight outta London.
The record opens with “Seditation Chamber”, a broken-beat slow mover. What sounds like an industrial guitar riff floating along between morphed up, sinister vocal snippets is what carries the momentum here. A dark synth compliments the riff, a simple 2 kick beat glues it all together. As it’s tempo is cleverly disguised at 127 bpm, this track could be a useful tool to segue in and out of the 4/4.
“They Sex Machinas” moves on smooth, tidy and bouncy. The bounce provided by a bass line of perhaps vintage Chicago veins. The tidy in the production, the vocal sample of “come on…drop…ready” is effective and cute. The smooth in the sparse elements used to build a whole, larger than its sum. A buzzing bee buzzes to and fro throughout the tune adding some nice texture.
Both of Perc’s remix’s of ‘They Sex Machinas’ storm on like the brain bashing techno that is par for the course from the gentle man. A small calm before said storm and then “drop”…VOOM VOOM VOOM. The vocals from the original are twisted and mashed up, the tempo is increased significantly and the swell just keeps shrinking and growing. Industrial, hypnotic and banging, these tracks are fit for the dark dance floor. On ‘Percs Dub Decision’, Perc decided to leave the vocals out of the same remix.
‘The Tunnel” is a swirling, techno tune with a hint of dub that cruises along nicely. A beacon signal echoes and plays off mechanical hits and noises that reflect the aesthetics of Perc Trax as a label.
I’m a sucker for good uplifting chords and pads, so “The Vision” is the pick of the litter here for me. It opens with warm pads and blossoms into a beautiful IDM type track that again, written at 125 bpm can be slotted in perfectly as an opener or closer…or wherever really. Its a great culminaiton of both hard and soft sounds, that with grace, rounds out this solid release.
We’re very proud of Steve and the work he is doing…personally, maybe I can ride his coat tails a bit, people often do mistake us for the other.
More on Mick Finesse, Perc and Perc Trax.
http://www.residentadvisor.net/feature.aspx?1425 - Perc Trax RA Feature
http://www.residentadvisor.net/review-view.aspx?id=8226 - Perc and Mick RA Event Review in Denver.