For his inaugural Ill Bomb Records release, Midwest expatriate Virulent, a veteran of Detroit techno labels such as Beretta and Seismic, brings his unique brand of headstrong techno to the New York-spawned label for his first release in almost a decade.
The Nine Year Rez Timer EP brings two original works that showcase entirely different sides of techno. “Basic Rate” is a shuffled stormer with a driving bassline, edgy percussion and tension-filled builds culminating in a deranged, bleepy synth that deconstructs itself throughout the track. Justin Kase brings the techy funk to the floor with his signature brand of jackin’ grooves and massive main room sound. Virulent’s next trick is the deeper, darker “Kill Command”, which introduces throbbing industrial-electro percussion and tortured textures with a relentless drive and a classic arpeggiated synth hearkening back to the early days of Birmingham techno. Owen Sands strips the track down to the bare essentials for his remix, bringing a stompy peak-time 909 workout with serious bite for the Berghain crowd.
Support from DJ T-1000 a.k.a. Alan Oldham, Claude Young, DJ Shiva, Audio Injection, Kyle Geiger, Luigi Madonna, Daniele Mehes, Will Azada, Justin Schumacher, Nigel Richards, Chris Corsello, Blank Code, Craft, Martin Brunelli, Matt Abbott, Monktec, Nino Bellemo, Chamomile, Chris Schoedel (Momentum NYC), Demian George and more.