Marcelus - EP2
It's telling that DJ Deep doesn't see the need to separate the techno output from the stuff that gives his label Deeply Rooted House its name. The tunneling-under aspect is what's key: how purely can something be itself? Marcelus's second EP for Deep's imprint has a fairly definite answer to that one. Last year's EP1 had some house in it, but EP2 is textbook texture-play techno. Just listen to the way, on "Mutation" and "Shape," different levels of hissy percussion decay rub up against one other, steel on steel, in a way that's subtly abrasive but still alluring. On "Shape" things bend even more when the percussion starts turning jagged, as if being taken apart piece by piece. "Sulfuric," meanwhile, is the sound of a dirty 303 wrestling for its life against someone who won't let it move more than a little bit at a time.