Like so many of his countrymen, Paris' Abstraxion is fond of squelch and buzz, combining sinister techno and impish electro over punky disco rhythms. On his recent singles for Different, he has both refined and complicated his sound, tightening up his grooves while amplifying his sonic horizons, with volatile analog tones reminiscent of Luke Abbott's burbling modular synths. "Moriyabasa" sounds even more confident, with driving arpeggios offset by a bit of "Dem Bow" swagger in the snares, and fierce chants punctuating floaty choral passages. With its tense tribal impulse, "Moriyabasa" feels a lot like UK funky; it's also faintly reminiscent of Olof Dreier's Emmanuel Jal remix on Innervisions.
In addition to the full version and a meat-and-potatoes edit, there are two remixes. Argy gives the song a pinging techno rework, while DJ Kaos subtracts the overt Africanisms and focuses on a cool, stepping groove. The first suggests Objektivity, the latter Rush Hour. Abstraxion's "Alter Egoes" and Brioski's remix of the same are darker and danker, with a creepy, clanking vibe endemic to Paris' goth-enamored club music—call it "Catacombs techno."
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Tracklist: Abstraxion - Moriyabasa A1 Moribayasa
A2 Moribayasa (Argy Back To Techno remix)
B1 Moribayasa (DJ Kaos re-edit)
B2 Alter Echoes