- Each successive volume of Death Is Nothing To Fear seems to spiral ever-deeper into darkly atmospheric, Detroit-flavored minimal techno, and Vol. 3 stays to true to form. The series is something of a showcase for smaller names on Spectral, this time around including old hands (Sami Koivikko, 2AM/FM) as well as newcomers (Kate Simko, Seth Troxler). Unfortunately, the results are a bit of a mixed bag.
Koivikko’s ‘Keskus’ is a disappointing start. The Finn’s previous release on the label, ‘Pääjääsä (2006), was a heady blend of driving beat sequences and buzzing sawtooth synths, but Keskuss recasts his sound within a decidedly more minimal framework. Regrettably, it lacks the punchy urgency that made his previous EP so compelling. Similarly, Kate Simkoos Clean Livingg strips away her usual melodic complexity in favor of a clinical austerity that comes off sounding like one of Richie Hawtinns bricolages circa Transitions. Itts not bad per se, but itts far from her best work.
Thankfully, Seth Troxler steps it up with a dose of stripped back minimal that explains exactly why this young producer is so in demand at the moment. Heavy on the atmospherics and awash in wriggling effects processing, Relationshipp is sure to find favor with DJs searching for that next weirdd track to insert into their sets. Finally, 2AM/FM take the EP out on a high note with the aptly titled Motherfuckers Donnt Know.. A beefy dose of banging percussive edits and dense chords that would make C2 green with envy, the track reminds you of everything great about Spectral. When they come to party, they bring it hard, and this track stands right up there with Audion and James T. Cottonns finest moments. This one alone is worth the price of admission.
A1 Sami Koivikko - Keskus
A2 Seth Troxler - Relationship
B1 Kate Simko - Clean Living
B2 2AM/FM - Motherfuckers Don't Know