Featuring new music from Adana Twins, Echonomist, Darlyn Vlys, Phunkadelica, Upercent, Xinobi, Johannes Albert, AIKON, Avangart Tabldot, SXF, Desglose, Radeckt, Gumm, Maya Evers, Volar and Hardt Antoine
It’s around this time of year that TAU unveils another installment in their massive compilation series – Spektrum. Now in Volume 4, this diverse artist series is TAU’s channel to showcase the label’s diversity, introduce new artists to the world, and celebrate its existing family members. As always, you can expect the unexpected – an eclectic range of releases that all represent the retro-futurism at the heart of the label’s sonic identity. Across sixteen tracks, you’ll be immersed in the world of TAU, so get ready to step into a whole new sonic dimension. It’s Spektrum 4…
AIKON intervenes to open the compilation with ‘Magenta’. A steady beat ushers us into this track, with the Ukrainian producer carefully building up the atmosphere, adding layers of synth and percussion to amp up the vibe. By the time we reach the blackout, we are ready for a burst of energy, which is unleashed with aplomb. One of TAU’s prodigal sons is next: Echonomist delivers another fresh cut from his label, with “Forever Mornings.” Percussive rhythms, reminiscent of the beginnings of electro, start everything off on the right foot. Gradually a range of emotive sounds and effects creep in, complementing the moody bassline.
Avangart Tabldot joins the label with ‘Jaxa’, an unusual yet melodic and engaging cut. Organic-sounding drums and bass fuse with dreamy pads and a gripping riff, morphing into a livelier, more energetic embodiment after a short breakdown. Next up we have SXF’s ‘Workshop 5’, a cut that is sure to set the dance floor on fire. A heady mix of groovy bass, crunchy top hats, punchy drums and ravey synth lines make this one a club banger.
First-time TAU artist Johannes Albert follows up with his funky little number, “Strata Del Motore.” Beats slam, while an analog-sounding riff builds and evolves, complete with a symphony of vintage sounds. This one really tells a story from start to finish. Desglose arrives with an understated cut, taking us into the depths of electronic music. Beautifully composed riffs enchant the listener, while a hypnotic bassline adds to the engaging charm of this cut. A breakdown injects abundant energy into this cut, with the second half continuing the mood, but with a little more pomp. Radeckt continues with the pensive atmosphere, using a stuttered riff to great effect. This, along with the development of several key layers that add depth and energetic flow, allows this cut to move and progress. The second half becomes livelier, with a fiery melody taking center stage. Next we have Gumm’s ‘Heroes Call’ from Melbourne, a swing cut brought to us from the retro future. Gumm combines pokey beats, choppy low-end, and ultra-bright synth lines to create an uplifting, euphoric track that will flood the dance floor with positive energy.
And here we are halfway… Let’s roll!
Darlyn Vlys guides us through the second half of Spektrum 4 with his haunting title, “Early Symptoms”. This track packs a punch right off the bat, with perfectly juxtaposed retro-era influences and an unwritten future. Halfway through, Darlyn introduces an emotionally charged riff that ignites the track, taking it to another level. Phunkadelica flexes his producer muscles with a slow-building track that evolves from relatively minimal composition to a full-blown fantasy sonic expedition. Prepare for takeoff. Adana Twins next brings the acid vibes with Jasmine Azarian. Classic 303 forms the basis of this raucous cut, called “Feel The Acid”, which uses Jasmine’s distorted vocals to devastating effect. Maya Evers then enters the fray with a wave cut that epitomizes the TAU sound; the vibrations emanating from the bass are complemented by crisp percussion, a vocal clip and layers of emotive synth.
Upercent, a member of the TAU family, is next, bringing his distinct production style to Spektrum. It’s no surprise that this track is packed with unusual sounds and effects, providing a wondrous palette from which Upercent paints a compelling aural view. This track goes through several phases, demonstrating Upercent’s natural talent for making quality electro. Volar follows up with their deep, mesmerizing “The Covenant” cut. Moody and mysterious, this one grabs you from the first note and capitalizes on its hypnotic appeal by increasing the tension as it develops. An earworm melody appears after the 2 minute mark, adding another enigmatic layer. Brace yourself for the change initiated by a mighty breakdown… Xinobi’s penultimate track is a bit unconventional, just the way we like them at TAU. An offbeat approach makes for an interesting listen, as Xinobi brings vocals during the breakdown, drawing us into a party jam. Finally, Hardt Antoine closes the fourth episode of Spektrum with “Protektor,” a bass-heavy cut that uses a simple and very effective gnarly riff. The energy of this cut is doubly amplified when Hardt offers a slight break in the proceedings, before moving on to the electrifying second part of the track.
There you have it, another mega compilation of TAU flavors from an international lineup of super talented artists. Each fit has been selected for quality, road tested on tour and curated for this very special collection.
Spektrum 4 – Various artists is available now through TAU – bit.ly/Tau037