Billy Turner - Rough Essence
The Social Experiment label returns with another standout release, this time from esteemed UK techno artist Billy Turner.
In a few short years Turner has built a solid fan base around the world, with his music finding its way into the record bags of the likes of Daniel Avery, Laurent Garnier and Adam Beyer thanks to a series of powerful releases on Dense & Pika’s Kneaded Pains, Tiga’s Twin Turbo and Drumcode’s vinyl-only offshoot DC LTD. Radio 1 support and Rinse FM guest shows have showcased his mature, visceral techno, and in the process have helped make him one of the hottest rising talents in the game right now.
First up, ‘Wake’ is a brilliantly atmospheric and scene-setting tool that is sure to become a popular set opener. A real sense of suspense and eeriness rises from the drifting alien soundscapes and foreboding pads providing a perfect introduction to the EP. The absorbing ‘Flush’ then gets straight to business with a serene, Detroit-style techno groove; it’s deep and enveloping with warm, soulful pads and effortless hypnotism in the drums all underpinned by rumbling, menacing bass.
Keeping up the quality, ‘Natural’ is a more angular and textured track, with edgy industrial synths rising and falling throughout as restless drums power onwards. It’s designed to fill vast spaces with sound and oozes the sort of all-consuming atmosphere that really makes an impact. Finishing off in style, ‘Downwards’ is the most powerful of the lot, with hunched kick drums demanding you dance and cosmic life forms evolving in the airwaves above. It’s a real techno journey that takes you to a different world in stylish and cinematic fashion.
These are four timeless techno tracks from an artist in fine form and a label that never fails to deliver.
Billy Turner’s ‘Rough Essence’ is released on Social Experiment Records on 27th July 2018.