Three years after their successful Minus "Vs" release, Square One marks a return to a long-standing collaboration between Troy Pierce and label mate Jesse Siminski aka "Heartthrob". SquareOne is the duo's new performance moniker, which combines DJ-ing along with live performance elements.
Throughout, the focus is on dance floor pressure, as sharp high hats and sleazy drum rolls dodge analog noise bursts. Driven by tight sub bass, it is a unique take on Troy's intricate grooves, fused with Jesse's penchant for over-the-top melody and composition. The atmosphere is electric and tense with delay lines and a soaring banshee choir. There is a nod to dub in the half time polyrhythms and profusely reverbed delays. Before long, sharp snares amplify and construct a tight groove that builds and builds but never loses its restraint.
"Square One" functions as a step forward for the duo towards their new performance project and ideally will satisfy the appetites of forward thinking Techno fans the world over.
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