Following Franck Kartell's essential L.P., Bass Agenda Recordings returns with its second plastic output, and has given to prolific Alavux the opportunity to sign his debut vinyl release.
Since 2007, the Serbian artist has made a name for himself in the Electro/Techno scene with numerous outings on labels such as Twilight 76 Records, Labirynth, Battery Park Studio or Urban Kickz Recordings just to name but a few.
With the 12" version of "Octagon" on Andy Barton's sprightly imprint, real name Goran Alavuk serves up four slaughters calibered for the dancefloor where the producer showcases his deepest influences, ranging from Drexciya to Kraftwerk passing through Aphex Twin.
The A side opens with unstoppable "Bondage", a banging and hypercharged cut to smoke speakers, combining clinical Techno with dark Electro in an orgasmic fusion of uncanny pads, enhanced by acidic loops plus severe distortions.
Not for the faint of hearts! Bubbling sequences over industrial and gloomy atmospheres progressively take control of your brain on "Octagon", the title track introducing the flipside. Here comes a dark, nasty and urban Electro sound with a serious dose of Techno aesthetic that will leave you speechless!
On brilliant Millsart like "Hiatus" coming next, Alavux commands the assault with fast paced and acid melodies, while "Tube" invests hard Techno territories thanks to a powerful 4/4 kick and some tribal rhythms.
If you own the digital release, three bonus tracks complete the E.P.: "Noon", another frantic journey into industrial sounds, syncopated "1984" and its retouched funky version from Vocode signature Warsaw Hoolz.
Powerful without being aggressive, cold yet groovy, "Octagon" witnesses of Alavux's skill to evolve halfway between Electro and Techno register, always providing uncompromising music with lethal intentions and great potential, each track enriching the whole E.P.
A highly recommended third outing and underwater beast from the Serbian artist on Bass Agenda!
Written by: Chris Nexus 6