Surge

by Unit

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antic604 Hypnotic, haunting and hyperactive EP. The tracks progress from ascetic, sparse 'Current Rev' to the denser, thicker 'TKResin', but still remain firmly in the minimal techno genre. Looking forward to more releases from Unit! Favorite track: TKResin.
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Machine Label welcomes it’s first UK based release courtesy of UNIT (Mark Dressler and John Ford). The duo formed in 2017 to explore directions in techno. Drezz and John have been working in various genre's of electronic music for over 20 years.

Clean, crisp and darkly compulsive is the MO for UNIT. There is a maturity to their production that speaks volumes of the duo’s experimentation across genres and years. This, their first EP on Machine Label will appeal to well seasoned and tired techno ears. Driven and compelling and full of international intrigue, there’s a mission being undertaken here, something, with a bit of MI5 about it. A foreboding sense mystery; think of this EP as the techno embodiment of a cigarette smoking shadowy figure caught under a street lamp in the predawn mist.

Current Rev 5.55… The mission commences with a clean and strong kick, echoing and resonant tones from the depths, and well placed and thoughtful percussive elements that suggest a groove through the driving directionality of the drum line. Space is created in Current Rev 5.55 despite its full and compressed feel.

Resistance… The most upfront, stolid and staunch composition of the EP. Furthering the tight composition and brilliantly executed sounds of the other tracks, but brings in a brooding fury which elevates Resistance to a 4am lose you shit contender. Call and response claps and percussion that roll off one another whilst the huge resonant bass bed breathes in and out throughout. The kick is clean but rips through the frequency spectrum. But the killing blow is landed by the massive growling bass tone which, when it lands rounds out what is an enormous and satisfying techno ride.

Surge… Aptly named, Surge does exactly that. Similar well placed and clean percussive elements which are now rolling around a heavily swung, almost syncopated rhythm. It shuffles along establishing the groove until a tribalistic breakdown rises up and launches the track into a huge percussive techno trip. A real counterpoint to the directionality of the previous tracks and testament to the range of UNIT’s production capabilities.

TKResin…The most genre bending example on the EP. Bringing in bleeps and bounces that convey a slight trance element. But doesn’t let one get comfortable with that assertion as it builds with beautifully constructed top end hits and a ramping bas synth that carries the track into a dreamy shoe gaze shuffle fest.

Mastered by Colin Bennun
Cover design : Alejandra Diaz

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released August 14, 2017

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Machine is the Australian based label for deep hypnotic futuristic techno music.
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