Dec. 4, 2014
Barba is croat for a wise old uncle. It’s also the new techno label from the Burek team. Like a wise old man we want Barba to contain many things – classic techno, more electro-oriented sounds – in fact anything that we think has depth and quality, with a steelier faster sound than you’d find on Burek. Our ambition is to broaden the palette of what a techno label can be – we won’t aim for a consistent tempo, or sound, or mood with our releases. We will aim for a consistent standard of quality, to put out releases that stand on their own feet apart from any scene or trend, and that we’ll still want to listen to years later. Over the coming 12 months or so we’ll be releasing music from the likes of LD Nero, Marco Bernardi, Alex Cortex, Heinrich Dressel, FBK, Gosub, DJStingray, Perseus Traxx, Lerosa, Nubian Mindz, Delta Funktionen and many more to come in the future. In addition, such names as DJ Plural, JTC, Terrence Dixon and Florian Kupfer will be providing remixes.
LD Nero - “Anticyclone” - Barba 001
“Anticyclone” is credited to LD Nero, a lesser known alias for a well known name, and if this EP is anything to go by we can expect deep musicality, varied output and subtle inventiveness from Barba.
“Eddy” is the most forward leaning of the three tracks, dominated by a swaggering bassline that bowls along like an oversexed locomotive, and is sure to be favourite with anyone who dances mostly from the hips. It’s a steady builder, layering on softer organ stabs and psychedelic flutters to change the feel of the track while letting the underlying groove carry it forward.
“Flow pattern” is slower paced, with a spooky bleep techno feel to the melody that is balanced out nicely by a warmer housey mood. The last track “Gyre” has a morphing rhythm that goes through three distinct phases giving dancers plenty to chew on, and and a high, sweet, insistent melody that isn’t deployed until the later half of the journey. And journey it is, the track genuinely shifts patterns and moods, not just adding on extra instruments to create a very powerful listening experience, while not lacking dance floor power.