By Alek Biotic

decoyIn the short list of my most favorite techno labels has to be Luxus, a short lived German imprint known for intelligent arrangements built on crispy, groovy beats and superbly put together.  A few records by Plasmatics and Lower Level released on this label were frequently heard in my mixes, as well as of other New York based techno DJs including my boys DJ Eleven and Preston Space.

I bring up this label here since its sound, and the sound of Plasmatics and Lower Level in particular, was the inspiration for the track Decoy, available for download here.  Decoy is another personal favorite – a raw, loopy track with a tribal feel and a thick revolving bass laid over polished drum sounds.  The bass was (once again) played through the Virus B synth and processed with the RNC 1773 compressor.  The sound is deep enough to sit alongside the kick drum even without side-chaining and ducking, though this technique could have perhaps given the track more of a pump.  But it rolls nicely without it and the spotlight is on the sounds in the top end, of which the core is the highly compressed clap.  I used this sample on a few tracks and, if I remember correctly, it came from a Luxus record!  Aside from the percussion samples, present are a couple of other classic Techno elements – the TR909 snare drum and ride cymbal.

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