- Prologue's first transmission of 2014 is also the first vinyl release for its Prologue Portefeuille series of compilation EPs. It features three label newcomers who each turn in a lengthy cut of moody, atmospheric techno.
Up first is "Lotos" from Ukrainian producer Etapp Kyle, who last year released an impressive four-tracker on Ben Klock's Klockworks. He seeks out more meditative spaces here, summoning the sort of windy reverberations and skipping hi-hats that should be familiar to Prologue fans. Mod21, apparently an Italian producer with no other credits to his name, dials up the tension with "Ionization." A thick, ping-ponging synth line—sure to stand out in any mix—and slow-sprouting broken-beats are the main elements at work, but there's plenty of other hissing, swirling sounds to wrap your head around.
Artefakt's ten-minute track "Twilit," all cleverly arranged percussion and glimmering pads, shows the Dutch duo continuing to fine-tune their long-form approach to production, following a couple of similar efforts on Field Records. With three different but altogether intriguing approaches to deep techno, it's a fine first record of the year for Prologue.
A1 Etapp Kyle - Lotos
A2 Mod21 - Ionization
B Artefakt - Twilit