Oliver Lieb has a new EP on Proton Music, a great record label for techno and progressive. ‘Dark Energy’ features a very minimal tone with intensely sidechained synth sections. This creates a dragging feel during the lull and an urgency that helps give the minimal drop more impact. There are some great choices in percussion — one in particular sounds almost like an owl’s ‘hoot’ and adds some great vibes to the groove.
‘Caldera’ features more atmospheric tones and some interesting vocal clips. There’s a bit of a rolling bass and a call and response between the deep house style notes and the higher frequency pluck. It is definitely possible to create some fun dance floor interactions with this one.