What Came First is a label run by the team behind UK venue Egg London. The label’s eclectic sound covers a full spectrum of house and techno, and this new release is up-tempo echno from Berlin-based Jonty SkruFFF, featuring two original tracks and a remix from Mute Records’ founder Daniel Miller.
Jonty SkruFFF, originally from London, is resident at Germany’s Sisyphos club and has been a resident for six years, while also enhancing his profile in London with a residency at Egg’s bimonthly techno party "Berlin Berlin". With previous releases on Sisyphos’ label Sisyphon and remixes on Black Butter, Punch Music and Shitkatapult, his remix of Motor’s track ‘Death Rave’ even picked up a Quartz Award in France, which is the French equivalent of a GRAMMY.
This EP also features a remix from Daniel Miller, the founder of Mute Records, which signed artists such as Moby, New Order, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Goldfrapp, Fad Gadget and Depeche Mode. Daniel is apparently recognised for his role in helping launch synth-punk courtesy of his proto-tech track Warm Leatherette, which he released under the alias of Normal in 1978.
Daniel has been DJing regularly since 2012, after an invitation from Karl O’Connor aka Regis, to DJ at one of their Sandwell District events. Recent years have seen him playing techno DJ sets worldwide, becoming a regular guest DJ at places like Berghain.
No stranger to the studio, after signing Depeche Mode in the early-80s, Daniel went on to co-produce their first four albums, and worked on releases from Mute favourites such as Nitzer Ebb, Erasure and Liars amongst many others. Today he remains as heavily focused on Mute’s creative output as he ever did, and has recently relaunched the sister imprint Novamute.
Jonty’s two originals titled ‘Jellyfish Invasion’ and ‘Warpaint’ both have fast flowing percussion and dramatic synths that combined with their rumbling basslines, have a dark atmosphere full of tension.
Daniel's remix of Warpaint is a harder, industrial rework with added intensity and a pounding kick drum.
It’s out 3 November.