following on from march s shlømo remix package featuring donato dozzy, bambounou, shlømo and label boss kennedy smith, bright sound s second release of 2016 will new a brand new ep from sweden s andreas tilliander. with his releases on his own repeatle imprint and his tm404 alias s hardware-driven techno featuring on skudge white and kontra-musik, tilliander is among sweden s most versatile talents working right now. his arrival on bright sounds is of a piece with bsrx 004, last year s reissue of fellow swede henrik johansson s 1997 ep as smyglyssna. as with johansson s record, tilliander s stettin libau ep explores slower tempo techno, locating the moments of space and energy in between its rhythmic structures. this search is most keenly observed in knapp ledsyn , with its ever-shifting sonic landscape melting away at various points to reveal its unusual, skeletal beats and hidden melodic details, while the ep title track and nybliven lots apply that approach to what might at first be a traditional dub techno template, yet still offering further small moments of off-beat character. completing the release is a detox operation remix of knapp ledsyn from nonplace records chief burnt friedman, in which the german veteran strips things down to a gentle patter of drums overlaid with suggestive flashes of the original s rich atmospheric elements.
since its launch in 2013, bright sounds has established itself as a label bridging the gap between the dancefloor and more experimental sounds, releasing eps by the likes of shlomo, tilliander, burnt friedman or more recently conforce. on its eleventh release, the label welcomes ben thomas aka bnjmn with “final network” ep, the uk producer based in berlin and releasing on tresor, delsin, counterchange or more recently on his newly founded imprint: tiercel. the ep opens up with “reticuli”, an ambient techno journey into a forest of otherworldly sounds. “neurocity” comes next with its rattling sounds met by disorienting and spooky melodies. on the b-side “cloaked” starts off with bare kick and congos before waves of drones add textures producing an eerie atmosphere. the title track closes this ep, slowly building to create an ecstatic floating mood, leaving you longing for more as it gently fades away.
french label bright sounds welcomes prolific dutch artist boris bunnik for a new ep under his most celebrated alias, conforce. the regular delsin artist saves this project for his more dance floor driven work and that is the case across all four of the atmospheric tracks here.
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in the space of two short years shlømo has quickly established himself alongside the likes of marcelus, bambounou, francois x and the antinote records crew as a key figure in paris’ current techno generation. having established his own taapion records label in 2013 and built a roster around a core of local producers including roman poncet, pvnv and antigone, in addition to enlisting stephen brown, conforce and sterac as remixers for the label’s releases so far. for its fifth release, bright sounds - run by fellow parisian kennedy smith - revisits last year’s rechaïm ep (bsrx003), with a trio of remixers offering their own takes on shlømo’s established deep and expansive sound. first up is the aforementioned 50 weapons artist bambounou, who offers a dynamic groove-based version of the title track that bounces along an elastic kick drum with cut-up fragments of the original’s atmospheric pads providing further impetus. label owner kennedy smith takes on theory is the worst by bringing its dub textures to the for while filling the track’s empty spaces with intricate drum patterns. finally, italian techno pioneer donato dozzy turns grounded queen into a classic dozzy slow-burning techno trip, with his trademark layered sound complimenting the track’s subtle rhythmic backbone.
bright sounds marks its fourth release by unearthing a hidden late-nineties techno gem: having been a long term fixture of kennedy smith s record bag, the bright sounds label owner leapt at the opportunity to reissue swedish producer henrik johansson s 1997 plug research ep as smyglyssna. carrying all the hallmarks of the dense, cerebral techno that has established the bright sounds catalogue so far, the reappearance of the dold ep on the label makes perfect sense as it continues to cement its place among the most exciting techno labels to emerge in the past 18 months. vinyl only release
bright sounds present their third release, from paris-based producer shlømo - owner of kindred spirit label taapion. having made a big impression in late-2013 with taapion s debut release the harvest ep (featuring conforce and stephen brown remixes), shlømo now presents his second full solo ep: rechaïm explores similar sonic textures to those found on taapion and bright sounds releases so far - a richly layered and dense world of dub techno atmospherics with dancefloor versatility. the four tracks all allow for different aspects of shlømo s exemplary production skill to shine through, marking the producer alongside bright sounds owner and fellow parisian as producers and a&r talents to keep close watch of.
second release from its berlin-based founder, kennedy smith. bsr002 (vinyl only) follows hot on the heels of the parisians recent electrifying debut for the double r, the white-hot new label from matt edwards (radio slave) and jamie fry (stablo). this latest triumvirate of original material finds smith taking his sound into a deeper techno direction, while still retaining the house grooves of his previous material. bsr002 provides further evidence of why kennedy smith and bright sounds are names to watch in 2014.
berlin label bright sounds debuts with 12inch release from brighton-based dj & producer myles serge, a self-described reclusive perfectionist, whose haunting production sound reflects influences from early detroit & chicago electronic music. the inside the box ep collects three stripped down & floor-ready techno cuts:building blocks continues the detroit tradition of doing a lot with a little, piecing together a groove of subtle intensity by small increment