amsterdam based artist nthng continues to have a busy year. following up an album on lobster theremin and ep on transatlantic, he now lands on delsin with three tracks that touch on driving dub-techno and dreamy ambient. oralage opens with upbeat drum programming and gliding hits that make for a smooth flowing groove. distant pads add some spacey atmospheres and the production is effortlessly warm and driving. a souls search takes time out to drift in the cosmos, with waves of muted euphoria washing over you as you sink into clouds of ambient bliss. lastly, turn to gaia is a dubbed out techno roller, with long legged drums looping down low, reverberating chords adding weight and distant bell sounds charting the whole thing in a harmonic glow. it rounds out a super smooth and seductive ep.
nthng finally follows up his four stunning eps with a full album proper, arriving in a whopping 3xlp pack.
arriving a good 6 months after the lt029.5 album sampler which debuted both soms and in my dreams, nthng adds another seven hazy, hooded techno bangers to those to make up a pretty dazzling body of work.
nthng returns with a mysterious white label hint at the near future. a very special hand-stamped vinyl sampler containing two tracks from his forthcoming 3lp album on lobster theremin plus the long-awaited remastered release of “untitled (human pt. ii)”. effusive, ambient techno shrouded in a warm melancholy haze.
having turned out two hazy, driving eps of muffled techno for lobster theremin sublabel mörk, nthng arrives on pacific command for a rare two track exploration of gritty dutch rave and rolling trance-y techno.
on *are you here*, nthng takes an up-tempo bucket-booted drum shuffle and steadily filters its way into a skittering hat furore, all coated with epic pads and a demi-hoover rave stab. full fire-alarm business.
on the flip, there is serious influence from early trance and techno with the warehouse-crushing *in the afterglow*. constructed on the back of an early 90s hard house-esque alien synth patterns and rolling wildly into the deepest depths of the forest rave, until the long-awaited sunlight pads come bursting through the leaves.
nthng follows up his acclaimed debut ep *remember us* with the third entry into the mörk catalogue, *1996*. taking a less aquatic approach to production, but still shrouded in warm analogue fuzz and reverb, *1996* sees the young producer on much more reverent form, channeling a wider range of influences from german dub techno to staggered uk bass and giegling-esque minimal tropes.
lobster theremin launch their first sublabel proper, heralding a darker, murkier and deeper sound on their newly minted mörk imprint. retaining its mother labels passion for championing newcomers, mörk launches with a debut release from young netherlandic producer nthng. cultivating a sound that sits somewhere between prince of denmark and early claro intelecto with splashes of clone influence, nthngs stripped-back techno walks fuzzy, shrouded paths through nolstagic moments in time. at times almost drowning, his engulfing sound is a raw reminder of the power of subtlety and the use of meditative looping along with a rough-around-the-edges production style has led to an incredibly moving debut work.