Italian mystery man Decoq comes to US label JourneyDeep Black with two cuts built for dark rooms and big speakers
Already sitting pretty at No 5 in the Beatport techno chart, and with support from DJs as diverse as Danny Tenaglia, Roger Sanchez, Solomun, Armin Van Buuren and Loco Dice, this is a two-track release that's well worth a listen.
Up first, Sofari (feat FMS) is a wild one that starts with a big, pulsing synth sound that's joined by a thudding kick and, er, very little else! To be honest it doesn't really need much more, because the sound is all-encompassing and, although minimal in its instrumentation, will sound truly massive over a big soundsystem. But there is another synth riff of sorts added, as well as a breakdown or two, a few flurries of percussion and a hint of a bassline at one point. The second track, Faune Alentour, has a bit of more of a song structure to it but is still quite sparse. It starts with a pulsing synth sound that's joined by a fast-paced kickdrum, and I also detect a hi-hat, crash cymbals and some echoed clap in there. Apart from that, it's just made up of gargantuan pulsing synth sounds but again, it works a treat.
If you like your techno dark, driving, freeform and quite surreal you've come to the right place. These two tracks, especially the first, are the epitome of modern, abstract aural art that somehow, in defiance of all logic, just works.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 24 June
Review Score: 8