Scuba's Hotflush label introduce Auden, a producer described simply as "A fresh voice in UK techno" by the label and whose self titled debut EP fits in snugly alongside recent releases from South London Ordnance and Scuba himself. Proceedings commence with "Trip To Fade" a broken yet beatless track that will lend itself to anyone requiring an atmospheric opener for their DJ mixes, whilst "Flex" is the first chance we get to see Auden flex (sorry) his percussive muscles on a dynamic techno production that has some neat delayed effects. The acid dipped "Whispers" showcases Auden's talent for developing a sense of subtle sonic tension, something that is explored further on the mammoth eleven minute closer "Tension".
If you've been to a night club over the course of the past six years, it's fairly certain that you will have heard "Erotic Discourse" at least once. Released by Paul Woolford under the Bobby Peru alias on 20:20 Vision in 2006, the track is rightly regarded as one of the highlights of the producer's storied career; featuring an effect akin to a golf ball dropping down a corrugated iron pipe, there's not really been a techno track since that's quite so weird. Now Hotflush have decided to revisit the track, delivering it into the hands of some interesting remixers. Dense & Pika's rework opts to leave the sonic weirdness wisely remains intact, whilst also bringing their weighty rhythmic leaning to the fore. Livity Sound's Kowton meanwhile delivers one of his signature revisions which pairs the rippling sonics of the original with some meaty subs, resulting in one of the strangest tracks to see light on Hotflush in some time. Make no mistake, these are two absolute killers here.