V/A :: Elusive Triumph (Sequencias)

In a nice twist Sequencias have not gone for three house blasters, or three minimal pieces. Instead the record is tempered. Moss opens in classic form, with Specter moving into tougher ground before Aroy Dee cleanses the palette.

V/A 'Elusive Triumph'

[Purchase] Europe is economically melting. Debt spirals. Horror. Crisis. You’ll have to work until you collapse as a sinewy lump at seventy; forget pensions. Despite the apocalyptic cries people still want to put out records and start up new labels. From the financial metropolis of NYC comes a brand new imprint, Sequencias. This newbee has an interesting story. Set up by Dominican Republic born DJ JM De Frias the establishing of Sequencias has a touch of the American Dream to it. “The label was a concept that I had for many years since I used to live back in my country” De Frias notes, “but in my country there is no way to start a vinyl only label.” Now living in NY De Frias set up the fledgling imprint, while he and A.Arias both run the Algo Rhythm parties in NY. De Frias speaks of a “love affiar” with the sounds of Chicago, Detroit and NY. The debutante label has set off with a three tracker, Elusive Triumh; and a pretty heavy hitting one at that.

First off the blocks is Jamal Moss under his Hieroglyphic Being moniker. Jamal Moss, owner of Mathematics Recordings, is one of the pioneers of the modern house and techno scene. Moss cut his teeth at the infamous Powerplant in Chicago and has been an electronic addict ever since. Under Hieroglyphic Being Moss has explored a number of styles, but for Sequencias he serves up the coagulated house tones of “Night Thoughts (2 AM Version.)” The track has undeniable industrial leanings, with metallic clanks and beats framing low lying keys. The track oozes with the readymade production style that Moss is famous for, giving the piece a claustrophobic underground feel. Specter of Tedtrode Records is up next, serving up a steaming plate of acid. “Padded Cell” is a ferocious 303 animal. This beast looms, dripping with attitude and sweat. Aroy Dee, founder of M>O>S Recordings, brings the relief with “Shuffle.” Low impact house is the aim of the game, with Mr Dee bubbling analogue chords through a thin gauze of machine beats. A quality piece to end on.

With such a line up, Elusive Triumph was on course to be a pretty interesting release. In a nice twist Sequencias have not gone for three house blasters, or three minimal pieces. Instead the record is tempered. Moss opens in classic form, with Specter moving into tougher ground before Aroy Dee cleanses the palette. A top notch release from this beginner; eagerly anticipating the next instalment.

Elusive Triumph is out now on Sequencias. [Purchase]

Elusive Triumph EP / SEQ001 by Jm De Frias (SEQUENCIAS)

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