New Yorker Anthony Parasole has been responsible for some of the most distinctive techno music of the past five years. Releasing mainly on The Corner, Dutch festival organisers Dekmantel have coaxed him to put out his debut album on their label. Infrared Vision builds gradually and incrementally, like one of Parasole's mesmerising DJ sets. It starst with the murky abstractions of
"Cold Steel" before moving into the deep house of "Murky Waters" and the skeletal drum tracks, "Explode" and "Momentum". The tempo and intensity levels ramp up on the dubby, bleep-heavy title track, while "Bizarre (Part 2)" rave influences are recycled. While "Spell On Me" sees him take a break with an ambient interlude, "The Chant", with its repetitive vocal sample and fat drums, shows that Parasole is most at home on the dance floor.
Marcel Dettmann's MDR label has become a worthy source for deadly jacking techno stripped of any pretence and they've finally joined the digital realm; their first release of 2013 demonstrates perfectly where the label currently is. As head of The Corner, Anthony Parasole has really come to the fore as a producer after serving his time as a prominent figure in New York's techno underground. A recent 12" release under the Quickstrike banner demonstrated deftly Parasole's talent for crafting the sort of loop heavy, relentless drum tools that Herr Dettmann favours for his extended Berghain sets. So it's little surprise to find Anthony join the MDR roster with this triplet of deep throbbing techno productions, with the thickset "My Diary" a stand out inclusion.
At what point did the wave of New York house producers become closer in sound to their European peers? The turning point was perhaps the launch of Anthony Parasole's The Corner label. Whether this is the case is unclear, but there is no doubt that the US producer's links to Berlin strengthen with the release of My Block on Berghain's in-house label, Ostgut Ton. Ironically though, the title track has more in common with UK techno, its rolling drums and loopy tones sounding like a sleek and dynamic update of late '90s techno tools. "Bizarre" has a more mysterious feeling as Parasole drags the listener down a tunneling groove that sounds influenced by Prologue and Dozzy, while "Typhoon" reverts to the dense, loopy sound, this time realized through a filtered prism.