This week saw Pépé Bradock take a rare foot outside of his Atavisme label with a new record on the Acid Test imprint.
If ever you were to enter into a listening experience with a sense of uncertainty, it could very easily be with this record. Acid Test, a sublabel of L.A collective Absurd, has in just a small cluster of releases established itself as a reliable bastion for futuristic considerations of 303-driven dance music. There’s no escaping the omnipresent acid machine, still as fetishised and relied upon for rave nastiness as when Phuture paved the way back in ’87. Where scores of producers still see an acid track as a simple combination of drum machine beats and the aforementioned 303, the team behind Acid Test are more concerned with deepening the creative possibilities that the tried and tested sound can be contorted to.
For the first time in a long time, Pépé Bradock ventures away from his own Atavisme label for a release on the Acid Test imprint.
Parisian producer Julien Auger has never been your average house producer. Over the course of a 15-plus year career as Pépé Bradock, he’s treated listeners to a frustrating trickle of often outstanding releases – leftfield house music jams that eschew the tried and tested in favour of odd, off-kilter sounds and strange rhythms. Sure, there have been moments of intense beauty – “Deep Burnt”, the jazz flex of 2002’s “Cycles” – and genuine bumpin’ floorfillers – “Love Is”, “Burnin”, the Prince-sampling, string-drenched heaviness of “Life” – but these are often a sideshow for his more adventurous creations.
Mutek: Montreal, Canada. June 2-6, 2010
For the last 11 years, something electronically special has been brewing in Montreal. Throughout five adventurous days and nights, Mutek emphatically made a case for being quite possibly the world’s premier showcase for forward-thinking, cutting edge electronic music and digital creativity. Accompanied by its unmatchable array of stunning visual spectacles, this year brought a host of exciting North American artist premieres including King Midas Sound, Ikonika, Brandt Brauer Frick among many others As over 150 artists and acts converged to dazzle and challenge us, it was impossible to take in everything. The following is what intrepid Juno Plus techno warrior Steve Phillips extracted from all the blissful madness.