DTR | SUB028 : Bosh – Substantia Nigra (incl. Brendon Moeller, Echologist, Woody McBride & JGarrett Remixes)
Label : Subspec
CAT# : SUB028
Artist : Bosh
Title : Substantia Nigra
Released : 24 February 2015
01. Bosh – Substantia Nigra (Original Mix)
02. Bosh – Substantia Nigra (Brendon Moeller Dub)
03. Bosh – Substantia Nigra (Echologist Dub)
04. Bosh – The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (Original Mix)
05. Bosh – The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (DJ ESP Woody McBride Irony of Consciousness Remix)
06. Bosh – The Hypocrisy of Consciousness (JGarrett Dub)
07. Bosh – Believing in a Contradiction (Original Mix)
Not so long ago, my good friend said: “Techno comes in so many forms. I like how it links up with my other tastes.”
I have to agree with this statement, because with Techno you can blend almost every aspect from other music. It is like a beautiful machine that let’s you improvise and create your own structure – sky is the limit. Of course it needs skill to operate such a delicate mechanism, and Bosh is definitely a person how can handle it. His EP – Substantia Nigra on Canada’s quality Subspec Music is proof of what you can do with Techno, IF you are skillfull enough.
First, “Substantia Nigra” original mix is something I would call a “mechanical jungle.” It’s really tribal, a bit mystical I would dare to say, but still it’s a proper Techno. The primal feel is creating an atmosphere that takes us somewhere else, it lets us to be free almost. You would never expect such a thing, especially that this track is pretty minimalistic in its form, yet it grabs attention. Brendon Moeller however saw it a bit different, his remix is much more hypnotic and driving, it creates a contrast between a primal version and hypnotic one. Pretty trippy I must say, in a form that lets you melt completely in music and believe me, you would never expect such a thing from Techno. As Brendon’s alter ego Echologist he sucessfully created something that I would call my personal favourite – dark and sexy mood. It’s so dark and minimalistic, yet so powerful that you can’t miss it. I would really like to hear it in some video game, because the atmosphere of it is absolutely outstanding.
Suddenely we have a shift into “The Hypocrisy of Consciousness.” This part is really, really tricky because we are talking about Techno, and what we can hear in this track is pretty melodic, almost balearic in structure. Is something wrong? No. This is Techno, you can create it however you want – that’s the beauty. The Hypocrisy of Consciousness along with its remixes is a great contrast to Substantia Nigra. The aptly titled “DJ ESP Woody McBride Irony of Consciousness Remix” has something distinctive and magical, especially with that amazing acid line. It has that dreamy feel, where you just want to close your eyes and cut off from the world. JGarrett on the other hand brings us an ecclectic and energetic piece of music.
With “Believing in a Contradiction,” we are back on track. That calm and reflective mood is now changed into anxious anticipation, which is a good thing, because it does not make you a passive listener. The track is evolving grabbing your attention, like it wants to tell you something important and give you a message.
Substantia Nigra is an amazing complation of different aspects of Techno. It’s a definite journey from tribal, hypnotic areas to mellow and soothing rhythms. If you listen carefully, you can hear a story behind it.
I have respect for Techno producers who are breaking the boundaries and are experimenting with a genre and this EP has the whole spectrum of it.
– Reviewed by Filip Zwirek for deathtechno.com
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It’s been a while since I have listened to good techno music. Most of today’s stuff is based on being sad, lyrical drones and I think people forgot how to make good driving techno. Well I was wrong, not everybody has forgotten what techno is about. Stompy, dark and a technical sound – this is what makes me tick and Eternal Drive Recordings latest release named “Monochrome Pusher” by Josh Garrett (aka JGarrett) was a huge surprise in this mass of dull sounding drones.
On the release you have three tracks, the original mix by Canadian JGarrett (Subspec Music owner) and two remixes by Luis Flores (Droid/CLR/Silent Steps) from Mexico and fellow Canadian, the label boss of Eternal Drive, Jay Zoney. I thought the original would be good, and the rest only filler, but oh God, I was so wrong… What we have are three hypnotic and dark vibing works that are very rhythmic and what’s more important every one of them is made in a different manner.
JGarrett brings you a classic techno flow with the elements of surprise. I must say this one is the most hypnotic and really makes you move. I really like the fact he put an effort into the small details, every loop and sound fits perfectly. What’s interesting is it’s even a little bit glitchy, bringing out the distortion that our ears really love. There is a lot of movement in this track, which is something that should be mentioned, because most of the techno around is really repetitive and boring. I know that it’s “dance music,” but hey think about some interesting variations like shown here.
When you are on your techno train and the journey is in progress then beware, because this Luis Flores remix is the next stop, I mean dark, stompy, acid. To be honest I like this track the most, because it fits my preferences, what’s more interesting is I am more into four to the floor rather than an irregular kick. The whole sound is sinister and moody, a perfect embrace of darkness which is definitely danceable. What I really like is that we have a strong rhythm, which changes drastically and the arrangement is not so typical for techno that I would describe as a full spectrum.
Okay, now we are leaving our dark place to go into space… head honcho Jay Zoney, delivers a remix that did something I thought would be impossible, he made techno sound “spacey.” I am not talking about huge amounts of reverb; I am talking about interesting timbres and arrangements, which create this atmosphere. Although I like a faster tempo, I think in this particular case the choice of BPM is perfect, it fits the mood really well. The sounds throughout are attacking you from every angle and that’s how it should be.
When it comes to technical aspects of the tracks, I have nothing against them. Clear and crisp sound that is a pure pleasure for your ears. It’s not that easy to combine many loops and make it sound good, so big ups to the guys for mixing well.
“Fresh air of darkness.” That’s how I would describe the Monochrome Pusher release from Eternal Drive. These are definitely dance music tracks that will shock the dancefloor. In my opinion this is the edge of techno that should be supported and praised, because it’s a refreshing wave of innovation and improvement in contrast to nowadays techno sadness. I hope that many will follow JGarrett, Luis Flores and Jay Zoney, it’s the right path.
– Reviewed by Filip Zwirek for deathtechno.com