Going to mix things up a bit this week and share one of my favourite techno tracks by one of my favourite techno producers.
I think what draws me to this track is the fact that it’s so atypical for techno:
- It has a predominant bassline, and a unique one at that. It’s a little bit funky and really drives the track along.
- It evolves nicely – starting off very restrained but opening up noticeably by about 2 mins in.
- It has a melodic hook, another thing which isn’t particularly common in techno
Here it is, c. 1998:
(I also like that this rip has some audible vinyl pops & clicks 😉
FYI, Icarus is actually a pseudonym of Joel Mull. Here is another more recent track by him which I find has a similar aesthetic (and would also make my list of favourite techno tracks).
P.S. I would love to know what the vocoded sample at the start is saying – something about “all my homeys”? Haha. Tell me what you think.
P.P.S. I’ve started a playlist for the throwbacks I find on YouTube