‘Anomaly’ is this year’s full-length release by Steyoyoke, presenting familiar roster artists as well as industry newcomers. A close collaboration between some of the most talented producers on the label. Anomaly will be split in two parts with two separate releases. Part one features the label’s lighter, ethereal signature sound and Part two will showcase the darker, more traditional techno.
Kicking off Anomaly (Part 1) are Soul Button & Modeplex with their track, ‘Ardor’. It has a strong beginning that builds steadily to a wide, misty soundscape, feeling both peaceful and motivating.
It then pulls back to a more minimal, rhythm-driven ending that sets the tone for the next track, ‘Dome’ by Ceas. Here Ceas uses a melody to take the listener into a suspended space, caught between tension and release. The track develops with subtle changes in bass and percussion, whilst tying each section together with a consistent theme.
The third track, ‘Catharsis’ by Clawz SG & Soul Button, introduces layers of smoother tones, echoing to give a sense of mystery and wonder. There is a softness to this track combines with hints of darkness to make a compelling number.
Clawz SG continues with ‘Esperanza’, making a statement with a beginning focused on unusual, earthy percussion. Hypnotic synths build steadily before the track erupts into a powerful, stadium-worthy finale.
The final appearance of Clawz SG on the album is ‘Lost Signal’, co-written by Ceas. Layers of syncopation set this track apart as a stand-out with its distinct energy and rhythm, while a delicate transitional section places this in the space between ethereal and traditional techno.
Immerse yourselves and let it take you on a journey of pure aural pleasure. Be on the lookout as Part 2 is just right around the corner to complete this stunning album.
Text by Steyoyoke