"The Links EP is Blackhall & Bookless' latest outing for their increasingly renowned Jaunt Records imprint. A highly personal release, the EP is a homely affair, celebrating the boys' upbringing in Whitley Bay with a gusto that's indicative of the area's unique charm. "Links" serves up a dreamy, atmospheric landscape - and one that reflects the location around which the EP is titled. Don Williams' interpretation goes down the rabbit hole further still, teasing the listener thanks to a range of slashing echo chords and clever sub bass techniques. The duo's second original is "Vision", aAdark techno jam that manifests into a stunning tribal hypnodrome.AClosing out the EP is "Cognition", another highly atmospheric track that keeps the listener locked thanks to its many dexterous capabilities. The striking artwork, meanwhile, showcases a black and white image of where the pair would hang out as teenagers. In that essence, the image echoes their production style, with the two sides of the links joining at the bridge and working together in unison. JR004Ais dedicated in loving memory to Ian Blackhall."
Hailing from the Northeast of England and now located in London, DJ-producers Blackhall & Bookless are beginning to forge a strong name for themselves. Their Jaunt imprint has been doing great things in recent times too, with top tracks by the likes of Artefact, Luke Hess, Deep'a & Biri and Hiver. The label head honchos take up the reins for the latest release: from the fierce dub techno workout "Forward", the jagged and texturised "Voyage" that is scraped straight off the factory floor and the peak time warehouse thrasher "Ocean" that's as much evocative as it is powerful. For something different, the duo prove their deft hand at dark ambient music on the eerie and immersive "Occupy".
Three years in, Blackhall & Bookless' Jaunt label is becoming a serious force for forward thinking, fractured techno exploration. On this split EP with Chad, the duo present two different versions of "Links". The "Battle rework" is a tense and dramatic tumble through dub techno soundscapes, while the "Bleak remix" pares the elements down to a more focused, minimalist thrum. Chad presents a wholly different vibe then, using rich, warm synthesiser tones to draw you in to "Afters", and then Scenery regular ASOK takes up remix duties on the track with an immersive version that borders on breakbeat.
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