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SQware

» Depart EP

Reviewed by Pete M / Submitted 12-09-10 18:48

Label: Process Recordings
Format: Digital
Genre: Techno / Electronica


Back to Process Recordings we go and a new SQware EP, containing 5 tracks which bridge the gap between house, techno and electronica.

The title track of this has been getting props from Laurent Garnier and with its tech-infused goodness, its not hard to see why. It sounds minimal in poise with tinkly synths and moderated 303 lines in the background. It has a potent groove to it and is quite formidable. The second track, Short Room, is more aimed at the electronica sound; starting off ambient and progressively increasing in energy as it goes. At 9 minutes long, its one of the longest tracks on here and after its electronica opening, it shapes itself into another techno track. This time, the sound is more minimal, even more so than Depart, and is probably a bit less potent than the title track.

1987 is the longest track on the EP at nearly 12 minutes and here, we definitely have a house vibe coming in. Powered by a funky rhythm and monotone synths, this is more like funk techno than anything else and is definitely a swinger. As I said, at nearly 12 minutes long (11:40 if you're being pedantic), this is no short arsed track and the lack of a memorable riff may put people off but for lovers of funk-laden techno, its ace actually. I like the synths in this one. Full of bleeps and boops.

Kaese is where the electro sound comes in. Still using the beeps and boops of 1987, this is a distinctly electrotech-sounding track that should get people dancing. I can't resist the groove of this; in fact I'm rocking in my seat right now writing this. Heavy. Big grin

Last, we have a remix of 1987. The Hybu dub mix wraps the original around a laid-back jazzy vibe that is just right for late night schmoozing and generally relaxing.

All in all, pretty nice but 1987, and its accompanying dub mix, is a particular high point for me.


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