Here's a split of two new beat based projects from a couple long-time veterans of the noise/industrial scene here in the Pacific Northwest. These two old friends and collaborators decided to debut their new projects on this tiny disc to give listeners a taste of what's to come.
Granite City starts it off with two tracks or hard hitting EBM influenced electro. A grimey, beat up 707 sets the foundation for distorted bass lines, creeping modular pads, manipulated field recordings, intricate sound design and complex but hard hitting drums. Using a hardware set-up of modern and vintage equipment he brings to mind early wax trax singles mixed more modern industrial techno.
Fake Trade slows things down with two tracks of deep cyber punk influenced hypnotic techno. Slowly evolving rhythmic loops drenched in back alley melancholia lull you in, while delicate but punchy drums fade in from the ether, upping the tension but never breaking the dream state. Using vintage synths designed for the music in old DOS games, combined with the modern gear, gives these tracks a tint of retro mystery without delving into corny nostalgia. Just deep trance inducing dark techno that will sync with your heartbeat on cold, rainy nights in Neo-Portland.