Recommended: Vlaysin – Acid Dedication EP

Voitax burst onto the scene in 2013 with a release from label heads Paàl and Ezuri. During a time where minimalism and hypnotism were en vogue in techno, seeing a grittier strand of techno was very refreshing. It was made clear from the maiden voyage that the label was not akin to the output apparent at the time, and it went on to prove its mission statement with its next five releases, including singles from Bratha (The Analogue Cops) and more recently Swarm Intelligence.

The latest Voitax release comes courtesy of Vlaysin. With previous releases under his Octave moniker which leans towards a cleaner cut, progressive techno path, Vlaysin opts for the gung-ho, meat grinder route. The title track, “Acid Dedication”, goes straight in with a gloves-off barrage of distortion led by a vocal stab. The track marches forth at break-neck speed, crescendoing to a satisfying, acid led finish. If there was a common thread running through the EP – aside from the obvious dedication to the 303 sound – it’s the ship-sinking kick drums. “Flying Object” and “Perky Rhythm” both follow the same chug, the former tinged with a playfulness, with its spaced out, trippy synth line. “Perky Rhythm’s” acid stabs teamed with its off-kilter percussion makes for a more menacing ride. The EP is rounded off nicely with “Spooky Night”, which seems to be a live jam-cum-track. In keeping with its namesake, it employs haunting synth work and a dark vocal which makes for some suitably wonky listening.

Jena Sivakuma