Wednesday, March 14, 2012

TEA Recommends - Cassegrain

British/Greek and Berlin/Vienna duo Alex Tsiridis and Hüseyin Evirgren make up the dynamic Cassegrain. The two are the latest to take up ranks alongside the like of Claudio PRC and Obtane in maintaining the liquidus and hypnotic discipline instilled by Italian techno dons Giorgio Gigli, Dino Sabatini and Donato Dozzy.

Cassegrain have found a home on Munich based imprint Prologue (which houses many of the aforementioned) after releasing their debut opus “Cotton” on Kevin Gorman’s Mikrowave, an impressive introduction that saw a remix from Perc and vocals from dubstep luminary Benga.

The pairings first missive for Prologue was their "Dropa" ep, a downbeat and subaqueous affair where DeepChord meets Stroboscopic Artefacts. The extended shuffle of “Lop-Nor” clocks in at a timely 10 minutes while “Eud” and “Luban” both exceed the 7 minute mark with some equally deep and steely tinged dub techno.

Luca Mortellaro aka Lucy’s influence is audible on their second deliverance for Prologue with their "Coptic" ep, released in February of this year. Cassegrain’s “Skin” marks a manifestation between Lucy’s “Lav” and “Bein” from the stellar Wordplay For Working Bees. “Hyena” and its stripped back loop bares resemblance to Xhin’s seminal “Link” whilst broken beats dominate the ambient textures of “Distil” and “The Rain Is Spilling Lake”.

Forthcoming this April is the duo’s third venture with an ep on Max_M’s M_Rec LTD with their "Painter-Palette" ep. “Painter of Modern Life” sees a lightly trickled bassline and industrial statics juggled around Sandwell District sonar blips. Ed Davenport steps up for what could be his best work to date, dubbing down Cassegrain’s original into deeper cut of underground techno, ensuring maximum club efficiency in the process. On the flip the two present their most peak time production yet with “Palette”, a track harbouring enough muscle to satisfy DJ sets from either Len Faki or Chris Liebing.

Although not Italian, Cassegrain’s producions fit the mould carved by the likes of Dozzy, Mortellaro and others. In a time where many are finding it hard to posit substance in a sound that can be described as increasingly over saturated and Berghain-centric, Cassegrain's idiosyncratic approach to production save the duo from being labeled another faceless act caught up in a darkened techno demeanour.

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