Tresor 312 taps Detroit producer Rod Modell aka Deepchord. Spanning nearly two decades, Modell has been refining a trippy side of dub techno. Clearly bred on the pure sounds the shaped the genre itself, his productions reflect raw warehouses and cosmic leads. This debut on the Berlin club/label brand is a well-fit fusion of timeless techno.
The full package from this seasoned creator, nine tracks pack two 180g records to make up ‘Captagon’.
Transformative sounds alight from the outset, “Triangulation” recalls flickering harmonies and grains, a tectonic swipe. Fast-paced dub techno emerges in “Reiki”, the disorienting clangs suggesting a step away from his recent ambient excursions. “Ito” crunches the pulse further with insistent noise, into soaring epiphanies of darkened transmissions.
Modell singularly uproots standard sonic hierarchies of techno production, crisp static as forceful as his beats, a provocation of rhythm and noise. Unceasing in its fast tempo, “Jade” is trademark Tresor business – the seismic sub-sonics underpin a momentous drive, with reverberated vocal inflections disfiguring warped, dancing materials. “Scrawler” is upfront and direct, a slamming groove and swaying chords diffusing ethereality. Enter vast chambers of smeared minimalism.
Where Modell’s recent releases had indicated a priority for ambient sounds, this new album extends Modell’s essential vision within techno. Closing track “Air-Port” shows Modell at his most crucial best – an ethereal colossus of sub-bass weight and morphing geometry.