- A1 Track 2
- A2 Rotary
- B1 In Circles
- B2 Scheepsrecht
Dutch techno legend Steve Rachmad, aka STERAC, joins the Klockworks ranks with an outstanding four-track EP, set for release on June 23rd.
For almost 20 years, Steve Rachmad has concentrated on the kind of melodic, grooved club tracks that DJs love, releasing on labels such as Music Man, Rejected, Tresor and Wolfskuil. Over this time, he has been responsible for some of techno’s true classics, ‘Astronotes’, ‘Asphynx’ and ‘Thera’ to name a few.
The particular tracks signed by Ben Klock for KW12 draw from a number of the styles STERAC has explored over the years, and each add something else of their own.
Opener ‘Track 2’ is punchy and brilliantly executed, setting the tone for the rest of the EP. It centres around coarse mid-range notes that develop throughout and bind the warm lows with high-frequency hiss.
Rachmad uses a similar sound palette on ‘Rotary’, a track that featured prominently in Ben Klock’s Fabric mix CD. This time he opts for a more spacious mix, allowing the unpredictable texture of hardware to create a retro bassline sure to get any crowd moving.
‘In Circles’ is deep and moody, but with uplifting strings and a Detroit feel. The strings give ‘In Circles’ the 3-dimensional, sci-fi quality that often marks out techno of the highest order, they are bouncy but reserved in their arrangement, keeping the track’s energy in perfect balance.
‘Scheepsrecht’ ends this release in style. The producer weaves the core elements with canny arrangement and an endlessly-dynamic mix, resulting in hypnotic, hard-as-nails club gear.
Bringing old-school production values up-to-date and keeping that unmistakable Dutch flavour, STERAC shows another side to the Klockworks sound. KW12 is sure to be on constant rotation amongst techno DJs of all styles, and will prove itself to be yet another essential Rachmad record.
Since his earliest productions, Amsterdam’s electronic music pioneer Steve Rachmad has created a legion of monikers for his compositions. We’ve seen tracks from Black Scorpion, Tons of Tones, Rachmad Project, Scorp, Parallel 9, Ignacio, Dreg, Sterac Electronics, and many more come out of his studio …
One of the main characters living on Planet Rachmad has always been STERAC: one of Steve’s personalities with a musical nature that’s hard to pin down. Let’s say that where Steve has used other aliases for excursions to more dub-, disco-, or house- oriented records, STERAC’s focus has always been on the no-nonsense, darker and deeper side of techno.
The STERAC discography consists of classic tracks on labels such as M-Plant and Tresor, and in 2012 remixes of his legendary 1995 album Secret Life Of Machines demonstrated the lingering quality of this piece; reinterpretations by Ricardo Villalobos, Joris Voorn, and Marc Romboy to name a few, proved a big hit among fans and colleagues.
This year, releases appear on Klockworks and Delsin, while his schedule takes him on a tour past the worlds !nest clubs; from Berlin’s Berghain to Tokyo’s Womb, and from Output in New York to Club Rex in Paris. On top of that there will be a selected series of remixes coming your way.