Sunday, January 31, 2021

Afflicted - Stress EP [Afflicted In Techno Promo]

Recently put on the circuit via the digital branch of the Afflicted In Techno-label is "Stress", a new single release crafted by the imprints founding duo Afflicted. Opening with the title cut "Stress" we see the production team exploring a well bouncy take on uptempo Techno greatness built around fluttering mid-range modulations and a well distinct, cowbell'esque main motif accompanied by various layers and sequences for ToolTechno lovers whilst a surprising break- and slowdown weighs in a bit of extra thrill before the so-called 'Rame Remix' brings forth slightly Acid-leaning modulations alongside a pounding, reverb-heavy drum foundation as well as a mind-melting breakdown for primetime Business Techno abuse whilst the 'XAOK Remix' comes in more of a faster, metallic and dystopian fashion for high-octane late night sets working sweat-dripping crowds and the mixers eq's to the max. Furthermore "Mega Man" has Afflicted on a whipping, heavily bass-warped PsychoTrance meets ClubTechno tip which surely would've been a staple in Steve Mason's BFBS radio shows around 1994 whereas the concluding 'Arzax Remix' of this cut brings on storming double bass drums, hyperprecise hi-hat works and a spatial, hypnotic motif that hits the centre of every punters heart like a flash of polished laser beams. Killer.


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