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Calgary artist SageThaCat returns to Moonlight Records on the Work EP wielding two techno tracks inspired by classic 4x4 culture, with accompanying remixes by Orlando Voorn and Mark Adam.

SageThaCat takes the deep textures he introduced on 2018's For You down a more peak-time oriented path lined with vocal samples, sequencer-styled pulses, and irresistible hi-hats.

The title track 'Work' is an homage to techno's original inner-city rawness. Percussion is front and centre, with the first half of the song being dominated by unrelenting hi-hats, chord stabs, and an infectious bassline. After the breakdown, the track ascends into a new level of frenzy with pulsating digital notes reminiscent of old school hardware sequencers.

'Dizzy' ventures into darker and more hypnotic territory with an atmosphere built around grittiness and subtlety. Crisp hi-hats and snares are its foundation, while digitally augmented strings fade in and out from behind the low, heavy bassline. The rugged character of the track is further cemented by movie samples, lining the intro and breakdown, of a commanding voice shouting 'Are you dizzy blud?'

Following his remix of Funk D'Void's All Your Shit released in June on Moonlight, Orlando Voorn uses his remix of 'Work' to keep the spirit of funk going. His rendition takes the original into a definitive house direction with horns, lush organs, and organic percussion. New vocal samples have also been added, giving this track a completely different atmosphere while preserving the rawness and energy.

The already minimalist nature of 'Dizzy' created the perfect template for Mark Adam, a local favourite of Calgary known for his percussive and stripped-down brand of techno. His remix puts an industrial spin on the original, plunging it into a computerized soundscape marked by futuristic and carefully warped instrumentation. Like the original it remains dance floor oriented with a driving, resonant bassline and layers of percussion.

Words By Jonathan Crane
Design By Michael Benz