Review: Unknown Artist – Apollo – Olympos
The second release from Olympos is called „Apollo“ and once again delivers a nice variety of contemporary club tracks from the fields of house and techno. Apollo is the god of light, cure and spring in Greek mythology to bring you the title a bit closer. As usual the artist behind this EP stays unknown for now, nevertheless it’s obvious that whoever it is really has some great sense for crafting sharp and powerful rhythms. After the strong first release the label from Greek keeps up his great effort and shapes his profile once more.
„Ena“ opens things up for the second installment on Olympos. The strings floating through the background sound crystal clear and build a nice contrast to the very raw and hard hitting kick. Dark and melancholic techno that takes its time to add few sounds throughout. Industrial sound design meets mystic vibes with soft drums and a mumbling vocal that drives in nicely. It almost doesn’t feel like listening to regular techno track with the slow build up, it’s more like an extended intro for the record that still works in the club context. It’s a very refreshing way to structure a song. „Dyo“ the second track offers a very complex drum pattern with lots of percussions which ends in a nice rhythm with great flexibility. Heavenly sounding pads and acid influences are integrated in style and turn this track around. „Dyo“ definitely stands out in a very positive way and shows that techno can contain soft parts and still function as a powerful weapon on the floor. This is something for your mind and body, spiritual craftsmanship. As soon as you turn the record „Tria“ awaits you on the b-side. Hypnotic pads in combination with harsh bleeps and some nice dub influences level this gem in great fashion. The highlight of this track besides his individuality definitely comes with its break down and come back, as you could call it. The bitter feeling of this tracks end you have and the hope that it isn’t finished already is perfectly captured within the arrangement. Outstanding feeling for timing is shown on this one and we all know how important and difficult timing is when you’re not doing a classical arrangement in the club context. The last track is called „Tessera“ and follows the structure shown on the three tracks before without imitating them. Once again the track takes its time to introduce all his facets like a beautifully circulating string, some proper pads in the lower frequencies that fills in the empty spots between the drum sounds. Forceful kicks and a very nice sub bass create a real bouncer with an edgy touch. On the whole the „Apollo“ EP explores the capabilities of techno in terms of arrangement, build up and how soft sounds can be brought in without lacking in danceability. The result is a very different and interesting record that depicts a very sensual version of techno music. At the same time it shows how dull most of the other techno releases are at the moment and what’s missing the most: creativity and courage!