Review: Trux – Trux – Office Recordings
Office Recordings’ 7th release came out a couple of days ago, displaying a brand new style of contemporary music. With catalogue nr. 7 by Baaz’s very own Berlin based imprint it’s not about club playtime, this release is for connoisseurs of experimental and left field house music and ambient fans. The producer behind this project Trux remains a mystery, no information can be found. The self titled Trux release comes as a kind of mini LP with eight tracks, four on the a-side and four on the b-side. A nice mix between obscure house and free floating ambient add a whole new sound idea to the label’s earlier releases. Again the artwork keeps up with the music in terms of quality, created by the highly talented Super Quiet.
With “Aziol” a quite agile track opens this mini LP with Japanese sounding bleeps and a vocal arrangement that’s used as a kind of church choir. Soft kicks underneath, some squeaking horns in between end up in a diverse piece of art that could display booth melancholy and happiness. The second track “Ada” is the opposite of the first track somehow, slowly played chords meet a deep sounding drum rack that lays under slowly evolving pads and strings. The whole track sounds very even and is probably the perfect soundtrack for your train ride after work or a long night of clubbing. Simply beautiful and really touching! “Skarb” continues Trux’s record in great fashion. Dark and swirling industrial sounds build the foundation and get joined by bright horn sounds and raw drum shots. This could be a great theme for avant garde movies with its bright and uplifting passages that almost epically introduce those gloomy and dark sequences. “Werk” is the complete opposite in equation. The chimes sound like light raindrops that trickle into a puddle. Once again a Japanese flair is transmitted by this track with his smooth kick and bassline combination and the dreamfully played percussions. The perfect sound while writing a letter to your beloved ones or remembering some key moments of your life. Pure Magic! The b-side is opened by “Pattern”, starting with a heavy filtered vocal intro that sounds like a tribal singing. The rhythmically played and dark sounding bongos in the background support this feeling as well. The slowly upcoming bleeps turn this track into a heavy packed sound scenery with dark pads that move in slow motion. Creepy and mysterious at the same time. After a short breakdown its powerful synthesizer and drum hits in contrast to the minimalistic and soft vocals and pads turn things around. “End 1” comes across the street with heavily delayed chords and a stomping kick. Organic and raw sounds meld with a soft choir string and lead to a very quick track. Over the time several sounds are added with a great sense for timing, it’s a very sensitive arrangement that reaches directly into your mind and soul. It almost feels like the track has a monologue with itself and you’re listening to what he has to discuss. “Your Cradle”‘s slowly and pitched vocal in combination with the everlasting pad as the base sounds very dreamy. Soft and sparsely used drums fit in perfectly and add the right amount of groove and rhythm to this mix of house and ambient. Hypnotic and fascinating at the same time, “Your Cradle” has it both. This is hyper slow motion house that levels you and almost lets you meditate. “Temp” closes Trux’s mini LP on Office Recordings. Agile strings float from left to right, from the fore- to the background, appear and disappear whenever they want it seems. Futuristic and electronically sounding bleeps meet synthetic drum sounds and small pads that fill up the right spaces. This is the most modern sounding tune on the whole record, but still matches all the tracks you’ve heard before. Also the potential to transform this skit into a nice break beat or a futuristic hip hop track is given, we would be keen to hear how that could sound. Overall Trux’s work is really refreshing due to it’s genre breaking attempt. He mixes house with ambient, hip hop parts, industrial sounds and so much more. It’s just very profound work with a great style and definitely leaves a mark on Office Recording’s catalogue which is marvelous so far.