As the track titles suggest, Dave Angel wanted to go all out techno for his new release for John Digweed’s Bedrock. ‘Power’ and ‘Venom’ are two tracks to mark another return to the label from one of the key figures in the UK’s techno scene. Knowing that John is a fan of that classic 303 bassline / acid sound and had previously given a lot of support to his ‘Tomahawk’ track from the ‘Voodoo EP’ (Beddigi47), Dave felt it was time to delve deeply into the favourite toys that he’s been working creatively for the last couple of years - the TR-8 and TB-3 machines from the new Roland Aira Range, for this latest offering.
The weighty intro to ‘Power’, overlaid with the snap and hiss of percussive hits, builds and builds with subtle ease via a simmering, bubbling analogue throb, sparse melodic flourishes and an unhurried, teasing arrangement. The end result is a fuelled, energetic, euphoric track.
Meanwhile, the speedy, hissing, bounce of ‘Venom’ has layered, looping melodic hooks building all the track’s elements into a swinging, funked-up tune. Both of these tracks demonstrate why Dave possibly remains a driving force today, having evolved and matured stylistically over the years since his early techno outings more than two decades ago.
It’s out 20 June, check it out below.