Review: A slice of cyclopean, baltic Techno served by Grad U, well known for his Greyscale/Redscale project and releasing on labels like Knowone, Neurotron or Echocord. He delivers an obscure trip through the 7th Chapter of the story, Warfare, the decisive battle between clones and humans for the reign of planet earth...no one is safe. This is a vinyl-only release and limited.
Review: Between 2012 and 2017, grad_u released nine EPs of high quality dub techno on the vinyl-only Redscale imprint. With the label now seemingly a thing of the past, the prolific Lithuanian producer has decided to gather together all 19 tracks from those sought-after vinyl EPs on CD for the very first time. Those who have paid close attention to grad_u's career will know what to expect, namely an evocative mixture of deep, hypnotic techno epics, delay-laden dub techno workouts, spacey late night rollers, abstract dancefloor explorations and occasional surprise turns towards a bolder, warehouse-friendly style (see the formidably sweaty and sub-heavy "Holdback").
Review: Like a lot of prolific dub techno producers, much of Grad_U's music slips out on CD. This EP marks his first appearance on wax for well over a year and contains two typically elongated, locked-in workouts. We're particularly enjoying A-side "Jacob's Dream", a sumptuous, 14-minute aural hallucination rich in seemingly shimmering electronic motifs, crackling percussion samples and aural textures smothered in Vasoline. While utterly sublime, it's nowhere near as dancefloor-focused as flipside "Observing The Night Sky", a gently pulsating chunk of vintage dub techno underpinned by a rock solid kick-drum pattern. In a word: intoxicating.