recoilprodukt - Catalyst
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Deep bass hits alongside vocal samples from some media at the start of ‘Catalyst’, the return of recoilprodukt whose foundations lie in mid 80s to the early 90s where they released music from the likes of Psyche, F451, and Vanishing Heat, and started one of the first internet radio streams. This new single from the record label owner and producer seeks to breathe life into a narrative sci-fi world, as establish with the ambient synth lines that howl underneath the basslines. Small, infectious clashes sound out, fizzling in and out as they do. This isn’t necessarily a dance single, but a moment of cinematic texture – like the song title credits would be presented with.
On the B-side comes Blush Response with an extremely hardened techno remix of the original track. Some elements stay steadfast, such as a few ambient quips in the background and some experimental sound design. And it’s a very clean production which I expect from someone like Blush Response. But it’s not the most unique piece of music out there and relies on many tropes and stipulations within the genre. Could this be used as a fun dancefloor single? Sure. But it doesn’t maintain a truly unique identity whatsoever.
This isn’t a release I have any nostalgia for; if it wasn’t for this hitting my promotional pool I probably would have never known who or what a recoilprodukt is. But, if this is how they’re making a comeback then I welcome them with open arms.
Jan 21 2024
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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