Scorp ‎– New Energy / Energetix

Scorp ‎– SCORP004
Vinyl, 12"


A New Energy
B Energetix



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October 20, 2015

It took a while to get there, but time had it that this is my favorite Steve Rachmad record. I wouldn't quite call it "the best", since at any point of going through his back catalog, one has to keep in mind that this is a producer who brought us countless classics under the Sterac, Parallel 9 and Ignacio monikers, all of which are - truth be said - more appreciated, probably due to their, to a certain extent that is, emphasis on musicality.

This record, as the remainder of the releases on the eponymous label, is in essence a DJ tool. But God does it all come together in a moment of electronic perfection and geometrical precision. Steve Rachmad always had a thing for dropping tight claps and demented hi-hats (think his remix of James Ruskin's Work or his own Tir Na Nog), but on this two tracker it's like a career full of experience in arranging is deployed over twelve minutes. Both pieces are as basic and true to form as techno got: bass, drums, hi-hats, cymbals and claps. The end. It is however what he does with what he has at his disposal that strikes.

Energetic is just that; an energetic freight train that takes no punches and gears up in no time. Ninety seconds in, and it's already percussive mayhem underpinned by tough bass boosts. Might be a tad too fast for present day clubs, but that tells you nothing about the music, rather about the state of club culture... The auxiliary drops in this track are immense, however, and they really add some edge to the percussive tornado. Techno par excellence.

New Energy. An absolute and all out masterpiece that is also my favorite track of his. This one is less noisy and linear, yet it revolves around the exact same core ingredients. However, what made dancers go nuts (and still does) is the unique, one of a kind serpentine bass line here. A helicopter propeller like bass sequence that's modulated as though it was the boundary line of a rigidly defined area, and each time it makes a full circle, and comes back to its starting point, Steve Rachmad awards it with heavy hi-hat action and crispy clap precipitation. The breaks are unbelievable. Everything is subjugated by the elliptical bass segment, and only a few bars later when the cymbals are introduced is the forthcoming eruption evident. Greatness achieved through simplicity.

One of my favorite ever examples of how composing a striking club focused techno cut is just as demanding as conjuring a soundtrack for someone's contemplative living room session. Techno stripped to the bone, and most importantly, devoid of any production characteristics that would unmistakably place it in the "Year 2000" bin. It made heads spin then, it still does now and I am quite certain it will in fifteen years. There is a charming timelessness to this record's actual candor. Sometimes the great surprise comes from where you would have never imagined. Moving, funky, hypnotic, engaging, mechanical and designed to stir havoc on the floors. What techno should really be doing.

A little funny side note. This only one of the five records in my entire collection that I have two copies of. I will not reveal the other four, and this is not even my all time favorite, but maybe it will give you somewhat of an indication as to on how many occasions and to how many moods can I play this jewel to.