Artist: Ricardo Garduno
Title: Textures EP
Label: Drowne Records
Release Date: August 2015
Cat #: DRW031
01. Ricardo Garduno – Textures (Original Mix)
02. Ricardo Garduno – Textures (Keith Karnal Remix)
03. Ricardo Garduno – Mind Mover (Original Mix)
Born and raised in Mexico, Ricardo Garduno, is no stranger to the global Techno underworld. Besides running his successful Techno imprint, Illegal Alien Records, he’s had numerous successful productions on some of the most reputable Techno labels around the world. Now he appears on Drowne Records for the second time with his ‘Textures EP‘. Beside two wicked originals, the dutch phenomenon Keith Carnal put hands on the title track, and created a mesmerizing piece of techno!
Taking off with a cavernous bassdrum, crisp stakkato-hats and a clear offbeat definition, ‘Textures‘ gains weight constantly, while an apocalyptic grumble and twisted synth patterns sneak upon the scene. A warm melody takes control and breaks up the fog of darkness, while electrifying synth textures reinforce the threatening undertone. Propelling percussions underline the tracks forward-orientation and squeaky bleeps take a back seat as a constant whereas ‘Textures‘ mutates steadily!
‘Mind Mover‘ emerges with a distorted kickdrum and a decent offbeat-suggestion while a rumbling bassline points out another stomper! Transforming metallic percussions arise out of the dust and hypnotic synths create a simple mood which leaves space to work with. Claps make tension at the right time and impelling hihats reinforce ‘Mind Mover‘s seething character!
Keith Carnal boils it down with his massive rework of ‘Textures‘ and transports out the originals essence perfectly! Taking off with tom-emphasised bassdrums, high-frequency claves and well structured background echoes, marvellous hihats concrete the driving groove very soon. Multiple synth-constructs dig themselves out of the swirling background and raise the energy constantly! A broad range of dub-delays offers a lot of organic quality and the menacing atmosphere leaves you drowned in places where time doesn’t matter!
In conclusion the ‘Textures EP‘ comes along as a dark and driving package, and represents Drowne Recordslove for pure underground music. I reaches from conceptual, forward orientated techno to highly hypnotic vibes, and illustrates how intense techno can be!