20 October 2012
Recondite - DRGN / Wist 365 (Hot Flush, Out Now)
I didn't get a chance to give this props before its release, but Recondite's work continues to impress me. It's not massively genre-breaking stuff that he puts out, but there's something about the his delicately vintage take on techno that appeals strongly to me - not the raw, aggressive vintage of old acid house, but the soft, warmly produced sound of classic analogue kit. This neat little two parter doesn't complicate matters with wild drum patterning or big drops, but sets up simple loopy riffs and lets it all unfold. On one side, DRGN drops a wickedly vibrating bassline, building up a slow-burning filter shift backed by taught percussion to make for a solid techno tune - something like Redshape, taken down a notch or two. For me, the flipside's where it's at, cooking a couple of simple analogue key riffs for nine minutes, shifting the decay or the pitch every now and then to switch up a little. Recondite really makes the most of a minimal palette, making every aspect count, and when the clap starts up at the four minute mark, Wist 365 translates the slow-burning energy into a quality house groove. It's not a peak-time destroyer or a definitive anthem of any sort, that's for sure, but I'm in love with the rolling pace and rich sound that's going on here, so listen out for it on the radio show.