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  • Release Date 2011-06-15
  • Label SCI+TEC
  • Catalog TEC051
Dubfire's SCI+TEC label is becoming something of an academy for young, promising techno talent. Madrids Alberto Pascual is yet another fine example of the kind of gifted club music producers the imprint supports through its soapbox releases and label club nights. Since his first release in 2008, Alberto Pascuals music has been featured on some of the most respected labels in underground techno including MiniCoolBoyz Amazing Records, Markantonios Analytic Trail, Mihalis Safras Material Series, and Steve Parkers Spark Music. With a sound that encompasses both driving, tough techno and trippy, bleep-driven dancefloor experiments, Alberto is one of Spains most exciting up and comers. His star is set to rise even further this year when he launches his own live show. Alberto Pascuals debut SCI+TEC EP Insight pushes all the right buttons for all the right reasons. The three track EP offers a good variety of moods: theres a clever dancefloor teaser, a good and proper DJ tool, and a twisted, mind-boggling trip. Lead cut Insight, which has been a regular set opener for Dubfire for a few months now, is a mechanized, bouncy taunt that ebbs and flows in intensity. The tracks regular deep pulsating bass drags you into the groove slowly whilst snippets of percussion clip and clap their way around the audio spectrum. When the bass is pulled out every so often for a breather it is replaced with robotic precision by a noise sweep, before dramatically dropping into a heavy, fuller rhythm. Digitally distorted FX and sly whistles usher in a boisterous atmosphere for only a few bars, before the cut returns to its regular machine-driven monotony. Insight continues in this way, teasing the dancefloor, offering brief exhilarating seconds in between the regular routine. Adequacy is a druggier, more menacing sound. With cloudy male vocals, running hi hats, and marching toms, it clatters along at a warehouse rave pace. The relentless beats are something of the perfect techno loop. They are repetitive, seemingly endless, and youre never quite sure if youre hearing a new element or the same element over and over. Your mind starts to wander. The incoherent vocal throws you off balance further still it doesnt make any sense at all - and before you know it, youre in some sort of huge hole. Designed to make your eyes spin, Adequacy is pure hypnotism in a can. Drive is a much simpler techno track to get your head around. Built around layers of bleepy synths, percussion loops and swirling wave-like pads, it pushes you straight down the middle with an infectious energy. The occasional vox samples, stripped back rhythm, and tick tock structure keeps the groove firmly on track. As a straight up DJ tool, its a deadly efficient mid-set jogger.