Superfreq serve up their next EP. This one comes from a close and long time associate of the label and a 20-year veteran of the New York scene, namely Derek Marin, complete with standout remixes by Drumcodes Alexi Delano and Alexander Lissau, fka Luke vB. As well as running his own labels, Marin has appeared on an esteemed selection of other imprints including Plastic City and Thoughtless, and has countless techno missives in his essential back catalog. With his two originals for Superfreq he embodies the labels unhinged spirit perfectly at the same time as adding his own deeply unique spin on things.
Delightfully creepy opener I Like That Freq is a bulbous brew of one-finger bass notes, squelchy percussive rotations and alien echoes that comes right from the freaky dead of night. Some fat chords and heavily filtered vocals help embellish the track, as do some spraying sci-fi synth lines, but the groove remains ever present, ever infectious. Swede and techno taste maker Alexi Delano layers in his own melancholic piano keys and places the spraying synths front and center, allowing them to tear across the face of his measured and militant deep house rhythm. Alexander Lissau is better and formerly known as Superfreq associate Luke vB. The lauded DJ goes even freakier with his great remix, stripping it to a raw kick and bounce inflected with rising scales played on what sounds like a glass, with watery trails leading off in the background and some beautifully tense melody work in the latter half. Finally, Marin’s We Bide Our Time is a patient, loose-limbed groove with eerie sonic whispers that eventually explodes into a brew of tense synth lines and robo-funk loops. Ever on its own on the odder fringes of electronic music, Superfreq producers old and new all come good here with another superb package.
Artist: Derek Marin
Title: I Like That Freq
Catalog No.: SFD009