Artist: Shifted, Samuli Kemppi
Title: Parallel Series 2
Format: Vinyl, Digital EP
Cat. #: Mote 028
Release Date: February 20th, 2012
Distribution: N.E.W.S. Distribution
A1. Shifted – Gates
A2. Shifted – Spire
AA1. Samuli Kemppi – Trans Neptunian
AA2. Samuli Kemppi – Detached Object
After launching in fine fashion with Luke Slater wielding his L.B. Dub Corp alias against textured cuts from ASC, the second instalment of Mote-Evolver’s Parallel Series presents more forward-thinking sets this time from Shifted and Finish vanguard Samuli Kemppi.
2011 witnessed an exciting renaissance for UK techno, Shifted being one of several British acts to ascend to prominence. His Mote021 Drained and Mote024 Control EP’s, introduced and cemented the Briton’s taut production capabilities, marked by hypnotic rhythms and a rich bassy pallet.
Connected to his much anticipated debut album in April, Shifted’s tracks on the Parallel Series surge over a sunken heartbeat, but where searing hats steer “Gates” into an entrancing floor workout, “Spire” knits industrial resonances into a penetrating aural- apocalypse.
This is Samuli Kemmpi’s third outing on Mote-Evolver, having released a couplet of stand-out 12″s—Dark Matter / Wormhole and Quantum Mechanics EP—back in 2010. “Trans Neptunian” matches a tough and punchy pulse to cheeky hat hisses, laden with urgent piano stabs to deliver a perpetual piece of techno, as anxious as it is infectious. “Detached Object” on the other hand is more progressive. Here a choppy, tumultuous melody gathers momentum over a deep and rolling sub before gentle crashes carry it into a bass-heavy descent.