Quantec, A Ray of Hope EP

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Echocord’s offshoot imprint Echocord Colour is meant to allow for a bit more stretching to the standard label’s Berlin-influenced dub-techno sound, and the first two releases have indeed pushed the boundaries further than what is usually heard on the parental label. Echocord Colour’s third limited-edition, colored-vinyl (this time a gorgeous marbled canary yellow) release comes from Quantec; and while it certainly wouldn’t have sounded too far out of place on the main label (Quantec just released his Unusual Signals album there earlier this year), there are indeed some new wrinkles evident on this three-tracker.

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The A-side features two versions of the title track — Quantec’s original and a dubstep-style remix from A Made Up Sound (aka Dave Huismans, better known as 2562). The original is a shimmering ghost of a track, opening with echoing skeletal chords hovering in the ether that are eventually joined halfway through the running time by the minimal snap of a glitchy mid-tempo Berlin beat and just the hint of a melody and bassline. A Made Up Sound’s version doesn’t attempt to reinvent the wheel, but does up the rhythmic quotient considerably, adding a crooked breakbeat and some new variations on the original’s endless dangling chords. It’s subtle, but effective and infectious, with a maximum effect gained from just a few simple changes of arrangement and rhythm; a marvelous example of not messing with things in a track that don’t need to be messed with. More “remixers” should try it.

The sidelong B-side “Crank Eye” ventures into deeper, bleaker territory, resembling some of Basic Channel’s more ambient moments in spots, a dark shudder of pulsating chords over an alternately pounding and shuffling rhythm that gets denser with every cycle through. But the real thrills are on the A here, where both tracks illustrate the growing sympathy between dub techno and dubstep, with the winner being the open-minded listener.

Sotek  on November 5, 2008 at 8:28 PM

That Made Up Sound rmx is off the hook. Amazing tune!

Silverbeat  on November 6, 2008 at 5:31 AM

Absolutely killer, great to hear a dubstep take on Quantec

Sam  on November 6, 2008 at 11:50 AM

A Made Up Sound remix = Pure Class!

I looooovvvvve his 2562 stuff too – this is the dubstep sound the way I like it!

I’m not a fan of the “sub-label” thing though. Segregation of any kind makes me a bit nervous, and it’s all music, so I’d encourage labels to just go for it and put out things that might be slightly different without having to splinter off and created something “sub”. I think it adds more depth and breadth. Oh well – Maybe the “serious” DJs and chin-strokers need to feel like they have their pigeon holed “brand” labels, to feel like their getting their money’s worth…

Will Lynch  on November 6, 2008 at 12:19 PM

my impression was that the only difference between Echochord Colour and Echochord is that the former is on colored vinyl…

hutlock  on November 6, 2008 at 1:30 PM

I actually e-mailed directly with Kenneth, the guy who owns the Echocord labels. There is a distinct difference in what he’s trying to do with the labels — Colour is meant to house things (like dubstep, etc.) that don’t fit the “sound” of Echocord. I don’t want to post our private conversation right here on the board, but yeah, it’s meant to have a different sound.

Shawn  on November 6, 2008 at 7:22 PM

great remix! i love that panda pic too

mojopin  on November 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM

but i find the sound may sound like a bit old fashion, too many the same things out there already.

mojopin  on November 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM

but i like the cover~~ panda’s firing!

Little White Earbuds  on November 7, 2008 at 10:15 PM

Which track are you speaking of? The A Made Up Sound remix is pretty cool and doesn’t sound like much else..

groovenvibes  on November 8, 2008 at 12:00 PM

A made up sound makes excellent techno-dubstep hybrids. Check one of them at http://www.groovenvibes.net/post/2008/10/25/Dubstep-hybrids-2

Rod  on November 9, 2008 at 5:31 AM

It’s the pure essence of dub.
I can’t resist to post a link here. It’s a mix by Marko Fuerstenberg. He played at Panoramabar Berlin. When you like Echochord you will love this mix.

Kenneth Christiansen  on November 10, 2008 at 1:58 AM

Hi there,
Thanx for all the support
I started the new label because I wanted to be able to release stuff that I dont think can fit to the Echocord label. On the colour label it can be anything from Dubstep, DubTech to Detroit House & Tech.
Number 4 and 5 is actually produced by Sebastien San from Planet E & Rush Hour, so those 2 releases has a lot of Detroit feeling..
But also a lot of good Dub-stuff is comming up..
Thanx again

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