Alexi Delano & Butane - Little Helpers 200
This November will see the Little Helpers imprint mark a milestone two hundred (!) releases with a six-track EP from Alexi Delano & Butane.
The Little Helpers imprint was launched in 2009 by Andrew Rasse aka Butane and Sean O’Neal aka Someone Else and since its inception has broken countless up-and-coming artists to the scene, as well as releasing material from heavy hitters such as Ryan Crosson, Tim Xavier, Mark Henning, Flashmob, and more. Here we see the label mark a momentous two hundred releases with label co-founder Butane pairing up with Alexi Delano for a fresh collaborative EP.
The release consists of six finely-tuned technoid tracks, a unique psychedelic style for which Butane and Alexi’s collaborations have become famous. The opening track kicks things off on a slow burning, hypnotic tip with bumpy drums, vacillating synth swirls and rounded sub bass tones. ‘200-2’ follows and brings a shuffley rhythm, hooky bass stabs and eerie modulating atmosphere, while ‘200-3’ lays down a broken, lo-fi feel with distorted percussion, resonant pad sweeps and a spooky, heads down afterhours vibe.
Track number four turns the corner to the latter half of the release, and sees the pair bring the energy level up with a penetrating acid tinged bass line, sparse drums and dubbed out winding synth swells. Little Helper ‘200-5’ retains that familiar psychedelic vibe, laying the focus here on mind-bending atmosphere and ever-unfolding percussive elements. Lastly, ‘200-6’ brings the energy up to peak level for one last dance, and sees the duo tease out a freaky square wave bass and jacking percussion to shape up the package brilliantly.
Eschewing cheap tricks, the pair focus on skillful arrangements and a nuts-and-bolts approach to techno-building to deliver a wicked statement on DJ-friendly tunes. Alexi Delano & Butane’s ‘Little Helpers 200’ is out on Little Helpers 3rd November 2015.
1. Alexi Delano & Butane – Little Helper 200-1
2. Alexi Delano & Butane – Little Helper 200-2
3. Alexi Delano & Butane – Little Helper 200-3
4. Alexi Delano & Butane – Little Helper 200-4
5. Alexi Delano & Butane – Little Helper 200-5
6. Alexi Delano & Butane – Little Helper 200-6