Today we've choose a very strong kind of music for review, The Dutch techno legend Steve Rachmad, aka STERAC, joins the Klockworks ranks with an outstanding four-track EP, already released the past June 23rd, 2014, a very interesting project is cooking and we hope that the music keep on going because this four track EP is a really really powerful piece of art, four tunes that are going to bring madness to the dancefloor for sure.
Opening the EP with "Track 2", STERAC build a strong and banging techno sound, with little grumpy sounds in the background it makes a great groove, powerful groove! Meanwhile the second track "Rotary" brings mostly the same, but including a very chill and warm melody
that just get your introduction for what is going to be stronger later on the EP. it get heavy every second until the track recovers the hard beats. And the last two tracks "In circles" and "Scheetpsrecht" continue what we've talking about, dark sounds, deep and moody, but with uplifting strings and a Detroit feel, what a nice combination!
Review: 8.5/10 Buy it now on Beatport
Press Release: Dutch techno legend Steve Rachmad, aka STERAC, joins the Klockworks ranks with an outstanding four-track EP, set for release on June 23rd.For almost 20 years, Steve Rachmad has concentrated on the kind of melodic, grooved club tracks that DJs love, releasing on labels such as Music Man, Rejected, Tresor and Wolfskuil. Over this time, he has been responsible for some of techno's true classics, 'Astronotes', 'Asphynx' and 'Thera' to name a few. The particular tracks signed by Ben Klock for KW12 draw from a number of the styles STERAC has explored over the years, and each add something else of their own.Opener 'Track 2' is punchy and brilliantly executed, setting the tone for the rest of the EP. It centres around coarse mid-range notes that develop throughout and bind the warm lows with high-frequency hiss.Rachmad uses a similar sound palette on 'Rotary', a track that featured prominently in Ben Klock's Fabric mix CD. This time he opts for a more spacious mix, allowing the unpredictable texture of hardware to create a retro bassline sure to get any crowd moving.'In Circles' is deep and moody, but with uplifting strings and a Detroit feel. The strings give 'In Circles' the 3-dimensional, sci-fi quality that often marks out techno of the highest order, they are bouncy but reserved in their arrangement, keeping the track's energy in perfect balance.'Scheepsrecht' ends this release in style. The producer weaves the core elements with canny arrangement and an endlessly-dynamic mix, resulting in hypnotic, hard-as-nails club gear.Bringing old-school production values up-to-date and keeping that unmistakable Dutch flavour, STERAC shows another side to the Klockworks sound. KW12 is sure to be on constant rotation amongst techno DJs of all styles, and will prove itself to be yet another essential Rachmad record.
Biography of Steve Rachmad:
Amongst his earliest achievements was releasing the full length Secret Life of Machines back in 1995. A definitive techno album that was very much an instant classic from Rachmad (under his Sterac alias), 2012 sees it getting touched up, slowed down and remixed by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn and more, ready for release on influential Dutch label, 100% Pure.
Mentioning releases, remixes or labels on which Steve Rachmad has shown his craftsmanship, or boasting about clubs and festivals on which he has left his mark, would just make for another list of names, places and brands…. Let’s not do that. Feel free to visit the usual channels such as Discogs, Soundcloud or Beatport and take your pick of the numerous productions and DJ sets, which are the result of more than two decades of dedication, sweat, and the polishing of a one of a kind talent…
Because as Miles had his horn and Pablo took to canvas, Steve has an unequalled gift for making a connection with every thinkable drum machine and synthesizer out there… If the man had kids, boys would carry names as Roland or Robert (Moog), and a girl would surely be named Linn, after the machine made famous by Prince in the 80’s. No wonder one of his major achievements is the album Secret Life Of The Machines. Released in 1995, the force of this piece still lingers on today, resulting in last years re-release with remixes by people like Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn and Marc Romboy… For music to have this kind of a timeless value is a rare thing in the current electronic music scene.
As a DJ he is constantly reinventing himself. Set firmly in the best that techno and house have to offer at the moment he draws inspiration from his love for high quality disco and electro from the past. A thing you can clearly hear in the four-hour set he did at Berlin’s Panoramabar last year.
As words can never describe the feeling one gets from good music we will end here advising you to go check him out and hear for yourself what Steve is all about.
Title: Klockworks 12
Release date: June 24, 2014
Format: 12" // Digital Download
Catalogue Number: KW12
A1 Track 2
B1 In Circles
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All tracks written and produced by Steve Rachmad,Distribution by Hardwax, Berlin ℗ & © 2014 Klockworks cat. no. KW12 - all rights reserved