Berlin techno luminary Jamaica Suk announces her most ambitious project yet: Uncertain Landscape.
This 17-track, 4x 12” vinyl release on her acclaimed Gradient label will be released in four instalments in consecutive weeks in Spring 2020 and brings together a host of diverse techno talent. She will also be constructing a DJ mix featuring all 17 tracks to complete the series. The project is made up of a wishlist of names whose music she has been heavily supporting in her sets over the last few years, ‘ I wrote to specific producers inquiring for tracks that would be fitting to the label and Also fit the DJ mix that I’m recording from these tunes. I’m looking to promote music that shares the same vision as I do.
It marks the first original releases on Gradient from producers other than herself, which is a change of tact from her original plan for her imprint. “Initially I wanted to only release my music on Gradient including some remixes – but it doesn’t make sense as there’s so much inspiration out there. This is my way of giving back to the music community. By expanding the label’s network we create our own tribe.”
Jittery rhythms with a touch of ‘Spastik’ about them propel BNJM’s ‘Abyssal Surge’ into life, with a big reverbed sound abounding as the track builds through haunting sustained tones and glitching mechanics.
Percussive waves accentuate the bassline’s incessant 16ths rhythms, all the while the resonant kicks hammering away beneath.
Wrong Assessment’s ‘The Eight’ is a dissonant avalanche of warped textures, where grunting synth thrusts rub up against industrious pulses and chattering hi-hat patterns weave in and out of the mix. Stuttering bass and cymbal rides complete the urgent feel.
Introspective respite comes from Electro Indigo’s ‘Volcanite’, a stirring piece of broken beat experimentation where graceful pads slide hauntingly over taut kick and bass patterns and unsettling analog synth notes.
Look out for parts 2-4, coming soon, and special audio and visual showcases that will bring the series live and direct into the club.