Main Room: Recondite (LIVE)
Support: Will Kinsella (LIVE)
Recondite made his debut in Opium Rooms last August. His live show has traveled the world at this point. Performing at Time Warp in between Sven Vath and Richie Hawtin is worth noting. His demanding tour schedule shows no sign of slowing down. As the 26th of June approaches we can only anticipate how his live concept has evolved since our last encounter.
A longtime collector of music, Recondite had his first experience with drum machines and hardware synths just a few years ago in a small studio next to the forest in lower Bavaria. It wasn’t long after that he moved to Berlin to build up Plangent Records, where the artist rapidly established his name. Plangent #001 was well-received, and with three strong EPs released in 2011, he grabbed the attention of Scuba, who included “Backbone” in his DJ KiCKS mix and quickly put out two Recondite remixes on Hot Flush. On Acid, his full-length debut, was delivered in 2012 via the sleek Los Angeles imprint, Acid Test. The Absurd Recordings sublabel had already featured revered releases from Donato Dozzy and Tin Man, and Recondite’s LP garnered a great deal of positive feedback from the press and major producers alike.
Continuing to release on his own Plangent series, he also put out the EC10 EP on Dystopian in early 2013 – a record that’s as tough as it is experimental. Progressively, this all lead up to his sophomore LP and first release on Ghostly International, Hinterland. The record acknowledges the finest moments in his previous releases and ultimately creates what he believes is something that captures the personality of Rottal-Inn – a district in southeastern Bavaria, Germany and his hometown.
It is easy to agree that Recondite has been playing his cards right. His earlier releases on Plangent were strong, and lead him to release with an assortment of labels that have drawn attention to his productions from a variety of audiences.