Published Mar 25, 2014Vancouver-based producer Tomas Jirku has been working in the medium of electronic music for over 15 years now, a mainstay in the scene since his set at MUTEK in 2000 launched him into the global consciousness. In this time, he has perfected his lightly dubby, minimalist techno style over full-length releases on No Type, Alien8, Intr_version, and other stellar experimentally minded labels. Jirku's latest release, the Event Horizon EP is a shining example of that experience in use.
Featuring additional tweaks from A/V powerhouse the Automatic Message, "Power Block" is an electro-house track heavy on repetition with minor shifts in scale, driven by a warm, analog-sounding bass line that wouldn't be out of place on a Luke Vibert album. "Digitally Dextrous" is pure braindance, with a simple breakbeat enhanced by skittering percussion and a post-apocalyptic, vaguely acidic lead, while the title track has a heavy dub breakbeat, 303 lead and industrial atmosphere with a brisk house breakdown that comes out of nowhere before seamlessly transitioning back to form. Jirku's production is clean, no nonsense; nothing appears out of place. Only serious electronic music heads need apply. (Innerflight Music)