Listening to Razziki's dark, pulsating take on minimal techno, it's easy to imagine the producer hailing from the underground music scenes of New York or London — not the colourful coastal town of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador. But Razziki, a self-described "DJ, producer, composer, [and] masked magician," has steadily built a following, both at home and abroad, eager to hear what he has to play. A regular at Factory in his hometown, the DJ has shared the stage with such acts as Rikan, Protonica and Ben Rama.
Vested Interest is the producer's debut EP off Low Noise Productions, an Ottawa-based production company. It features four tracks, including a gorgeous remix of "NiteBox" by Ottawa's Phunktokta. The only point of reproach for the EP is that the remix stands out like a sore thumb — albeit a beautiful one — amid the otherwise raw and punchy techno. Overall, though, Vested Interest successfully transports both mind and body. It ripples with the kind of rawness befitting car chases through the Matrix (particularly "Cosmic Corners"), employing big bass and glitchy beats to propel each track.
With a strong handle on his sound, Razziki shows on his first EP that he is destined for the industrial dance floors of techno's upper echelons. (Low Noise Productions)