A few months ago I praised the first installment of Geneva-based Tresque’s “Ereignisse” for offering up a small pack of techno that “sounds both simple and fresh at the same time”, taking relatively conventional sound sources and rhythms but assembling them with enough character to make them stand out from the crowd.
Part 2, happily, continues in much the same vein, offering up three more techno instrumentals that are in some senses quite flat, and mid-techno-set DJ friendly, but with their own voice.
The groove loop on “Hanyatias” reminds me of some classic Josh Wink assemblies, where the actual layout of each bar seems almost silly but if you repeated it often enough, and tweak it just at the right times, it becomes infectious and danceable. The squeaky up-down bass and offbeat clap that rolls into the next kick ought not to work, but it does.
“Souke” adopts a 12/8 rhythm that feels more industrial, and gives me another throwback comparison, this time to T. Raumschmiere, but without as much aggression, while final track “Rauheit” is brighter, almost poppy-sounding, but still purposeful and nicely straight-laced.
Again it’s deceptively simple stuff, but it’s pitched perfectly to make it really compelling.