Marc Neyen is now part of that list. The A-side of his debut 12-inch, ‘Mad Suit’, is an epic that has been a favourite set-closer for Archipel head Pheek of late. It's no wonder too, as it sounds like five tracks rolled into one. What begins as a clicky, off-kilter ambient piece that sounds like an excerpt from The Shining soundtrack soon leads into a myriad of assembled and disassembled sounds. Then the warped sub-bass fades, and a Detroit-esque techno bassline arrives, followed by twinkling trance-like sparks. All this is done very cohesively, the parts flowing together like separate streams making their way back into the main river until at the 11:59 mark, you wonder where the time went.
’Tree Litter’ on the flip is more of a slow builder. Beginning sparsely and atmospherically, it eventually evolves into a warm bleepy tech-houser, getting there on the backs of some ambient moody synths and some sad minor-key pads. Neyen still uses mostly hardware to produce his music, making for a cleaner, sharper precussive sound, and a classic techno feel overall.
As a bonus on the digital release, Pheek keeps to the old-school vibe with his rework of title track. Based around a grooving bassline, it's a more accessible housier sound that would work well in a dark, dingy backroom somewhere.
Neyen has jazz training, apparently, and it’s evident on this release, with both tracks owing a lot to the structure of the genre. It's a great release and another excellent producer debut for the Archipel trophy case.