I’m still learning. I’m the monkey at the beginning of 2001: A Space Odyssey, throwing rocks at the monolith. After much throwing, techno has revealed its DNA to me. I don’t know where to start, but I’m connecting the dots. I’m observing the rules of the pattern, watching the music reproduce itself, maintain its general shape and pass its strongest traits to its offspring. Techno sounds like fun! I’m into it.
But I’m intimidated. I’m stuck outside the club, overwhelmed by decades of techno history that I’m expected to kinda know, turned off by the sanctity of minimalism, halted by the momentum of thirty years of perfectly natural, nightclub pretension and the effect that that might have on the music. I’m discovering techno’s anachronistic, proto-alien beauty, but I’m repelled by its church. If techno’s heart is in Detroit, then its brain is in Berlin and I still don’t know… Am I invited?
René Pawlowitz smiles and opens the door. That’s what it felt like, anyway, when I heard the breakbeat at the beginning of Megatrap. The quote below from record store Hard Wax sums it up better than I could have in 4 paragraphs.
“Anthem alert! uplifting Breakbeat Techno in golden 1990s leaning style.”
It’s definitely techno. Pawlowitz took time to sculpt a slamming, assertive, omnipotent kick. As a counterpoint, he splices tiny cuts of bright vocal samples. Though they’re short, they add exponential jubilation. His sawtooth pads are sudden, vast, angular beams of light, shooting safely overhead, or perhaps they’re underneath the club, coaxing you upward. We’re gonna need a bigger dancefloor.
And those breakbeats! Pawlowitz reveals his rave roots with subtle details. It must be a challenge to seek out the proper breakbeat sample, filled with snares, hats and artifacts, then to fit it with the frequencies of the rest of your track, but Head High already had the ear for it. The carefully chosen breakbeats of “Hex Factor” hit hard and crisp, adding a cathartic, satisfying swing to the music. Megatrap comes thru Berlin label Power House and it might still be in stock at Hard Wax.
and I still don’t know shxt.
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