Published Feb 14, 2014Augmenting the cold booming minimalism of modern European techno through a very American commitment to jacking rhythmic wizardry, Truncate has firmly secured his place in the pantheon of new-school techno legends. Having released a long slew of unashamedly dance-floor oriented remixes, singles and EPs, Pressurize seems to lie almost outside of the genealogy of his releases thus far.
Out on Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label, the EP takes Truncate's characteristically cavernous sounds in unexpected directions. Opening tracks "Breakdown" and "Dial 20" would sound at home on a Shed album, expertly stripping back a traditional techno structure into plodding space explorations. The latter half of the EP dials up the tempo ending in the rapid acid tinges of "Bipolar," the only true dance floor-ready cut here.
Truncate has clearly swapped immediacy for a more contemplative approach, and the result is generally a success. Pressurize is progress without losing what made Truncate's previous releases so great, even though some of his characteristic frenetic zest would not go amiss earlier on in the EP. (50WEAPONS)