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Off Peak EP - Inc. Mella Dee Remix

Russian duo Formally Unknown drop a new record on 17 Steps - one that label heads Dusky have personally been caning out in the field.

"Off Peak" fires off a salvo of up-to-date percussion; raining down hard on the rave bunker as a crepuscular breakdown smolders away. Militant techno associate, Mella Dee emphasizes the Detroitian chords and late night mood whilst adding some frenetic percussion elements.

Industrial broken beat jam "Burnin" again blends atmospheric chords with chopped samples to create a carefully crafted leftfield trip that feels like the perfect soundtrack to an industrial How It’s Made video.

Closing things off "Arp Three" brings things to a darker, stripped back close in a panic alarm buzz of broken bass and twisted FX - with distant rave divas crackling through the mix.


STAFF COMMENTS

Matt says: Nice to see Dusky holding it down on as ever on 17 Steps. Cutting edge techno here that drinks out the same cup as Blawan, Analogue Cops, Parish etc. TIP!

Following releases from label heads Dusky and Christian Piers, 17 Steps returns with a label debut from Velvit (Darren White) which offers both forward-thinking club sounds and leftfield sonics. Co-opting the dark, technical style that Darren has long practised as drum & bass legend dBridge, lead track "Be So Cruel" adds a fresh perspective on house and techno forms that instantly stood out from the pack. Blending dark grooves and sinister mechanics with Darren's own soulful vocals, "Be So Cruel" has been heavily anticipated ever since it featured in Dusky's Resident Advisor mix last year. Featuring the vocals of his brother Steve Spacek, "No Excuses" is a stripped soul roller with dense rhythms and mad jazz moments that works as both meditative headphone trip and experimental dancefloor moment. Completing a diverse triple header, "South Of Your Soul" takes things down a futuristic electro vibe with dark sci-fi cinematics battling it out with body-popping beats and Darren's distinctive cyborg soul vocals.


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