For our latest volume of On Tuesdays We Techno, we’re diving deep into two intense EPs from industry mavens Sian and Matador. Electrifying, dark, and unyielding, these selections are all you’re going to need for a solid spiral down the rabbit hole this week.
Known for his ever-evolving experimental and industrial sound, Sian starts us off with his new Ultraviolet 3.0 EP, the stunning final installment to his Ultraviolet series out now on mau5trap. In a recent interview with RaverRafting, the LA-based producer said:
“This whole series was an opportunity to explore the slower, more hypnotic and soundscape type stuff that I do. The third part of the series has a more melodic and spaced out feel. It’s still dark and aggressive, but definitely more musical than the last two, especially in the larger breakdowns and changes.”
In Ultraviolet 3.0, the opening track “Lupine” delivers a gritty and hard-hitting techno work that is reminiscent of the Ultraviolet 1.0 and 2.0 vibes. “Oracle” then sweeps in, infiltrating the atmosphere with a more melodic and menacing groove. Its pulsating baseline swiftly transitions and continues through to the final track “Skin Tight,” which eventually settles into a melancholy, thumping beat to close out the EP and the entire series as a whole.
Along with his Ultraviolet 3.0 release, Sian recently dropped his rendition of “Monophobia” on deadmau5’s here’s the drop remix album and has been supporting him on the infamous Cube V3 tour. The Octopus Recordings head has also been busy performing and hosting his own label showcases, and even played under his duo moniker AMOK with Will Clarke at this year’s HARD Summer.
Before taking any seconds to reboot, we move right into Dublin producer Matador’s new EP. Fittingly named and expressive of both explosive tracks on the release, Dynamite is two-tracker that is high-energy through and through.
Out now on RUKUS, the EP’s title track opens up fast and furiously fusing acidy 303 layers with classic, fizzing 909 percussion. Paired with a subby Moog bass and complementary sequence lines, it leaves very little room to catch your breath in the best way possible. “Loopholes” acts as the second half to the EP, offering a powerful, insidious bass line with heavy duty drops driving a relentless marching energy of merciless dark riffs right to the very end.
Dynamite follows Matador’s successful vinyl-only Cyclone Series Vol.1 release and Apollo II collab with ARTBAT this past Spring. The Rukus label head also had a wildly busy summer with his U.S. tour, a RUKUS stage at BPM Portugal, supporting Drumcode at In:Motion Bristol, and a very unique collab with Zurich’s prestigious Tonhalle Orchestra at TonhalleLATE.
Photo Credit: Malte Wingen