- A. Black Russian
- B1. Creeping
- B2. Spying
DVS1, aka Minneapolis-raised Zak Khutoretsky, will release a new Klockworks record on the 16th of July 2014. It will be his third outing on Ben Klock’s label, following acclaimed records in both 2009 and 2011.
DVS1 is not just a techno DJ or producer, when the time is right his sets will gladly diverge into other styles to take the dancefloor where he sees fit, and his studio work too. ‘Black Russian’ sounds DVS1 like in house mode, as dub techno-inspired piano chords repeat to infinity, floating above padded kicks and moving hihats.
This is one of the lightest tracks released under the DVS1 alias, but it’s still equipped to create blissful ecstasy when played – a favourite closing track for both DVS1 and Ben Klock. Flip over to the B-side and it’s back to Zak’s usual tone of dark techno, the style exhibited on his previous two Klockworks 12″s. The eerie bleeps and haunting atmospheres of ‘Creepin’ evolve for seven minutes, driven along by shuffling high-end percussion. It is understated and subtly arranged as a tool, the kind of track DJs rely on to keep momentum building with energy and elegance.
‘Spying’ is another prime example of DVS1’s take on minimalism, it is stripped-down and makes the most of the fewest possible elements. ‘Spying’ cropped up in Ben Klock’s Fabric mix last year, and has been been a staple in his DJ sets; for good reason, it embodies the deep pulse and light/dark contrast of all Klockworks output.
2014 has already provided three stellar DVS1 releases, two on his own label Hush and this. It’s all evidence that this producr’s work in the studio is now on par with his exceptional talent behind the decks, quite a prospect for fans new and old.