Middleman appeared on Bazooka10 label’s first EP, along with the title track: G-Lock. If this label sounds familiar, its because another Biotic track (Ghost, covered here already) appeared on a Bazooka10 compilation as well.
The track itself is a pretty early work (#21 in fact) and was produced in 2001. While the raw production shows both its age and its adventurousness, there is a certain quality about it that I’ve always liked. So much so, that the string sounds and synth arrangements make it a candidate for a remix in the future.
While this wasn’t the first ever Biotic release (Ghost would be it), this was the first non Various Artists release available on vinyl. The photo above shows its label, along with the name misspelling on it. And no, the mislabels wouldn’t stop there. Future Alek Biotic releases would contain mis-named or mixed up tracks, even the artist name. But seriously… who cares?
Open Source has that B-side feel. Coming through are some of my early Goa/Psy-trance influences mixed with the more usual tribal techno vibe. The spacing of the heavy low-end vs. elements in the higher range works well and leaves enough room for the flyby’s in the middle.
This is another track which features a sample from the movie Event Horizon – not just because I liked that movie and the sound of it, but because it was probably the only movie I ever ripped the audio from for this purpose. (I maintain that I’m NOT a big fan of movie samples in tracks, but yeah, I know. Whatever.)
I have no clue why this track is called Open Source. Do you?
Power Trip is a wild tech-trance track from 2001. Its got a weird mix of percussion and beats, vocal samples, a creamy synth bassline and a demented main riff that would earn it the name Ridiculist if only that title hadn’t already been used on a track even more ridiculous. The main synth sounds were again generated by the Virus and Nord Lead keyboards, with the latter taking the blame for the main riff which I really enjoyed tweaking in real-time. A few high velocity samples are flying around and hitting things in the background, making this track a bit over-produced but at the same time giving it a unique vibe.
A bit of interesting info regarding this track… It was featured on the soundtrack of a short film Room by Aleksandar Kostic, and subsequently heard on various film festivals.
Far Off Course is a weird, crossover track from 2001. It starts out with some broken beats and then morphs into a smooth driving adventure.
The focus throughout is on percussion (at the time I came across some weird tube sounding samples that resemble something from the Blue Man Group soundtrack, and I used them when arranging the drums on this track), aside from which the only melodic passages are creamy stabs and evolving pads which emerge half way into the track and drive it to the end.
While the track is not easy to categorize and fit into a concise set I always liked it and am happy to present it here. Enjoy.
Fake House is a rare house track of the bunch. It sort of caught me by surprise and took all of about 4 hours to arrange. It has a very raw, sample-based vibe which makes it a fun track to play (and play with) in an early or late set.
The creamy bass line was played on the Nord Lead keyboard, and is joined by a reversed electric piano riff and a couple of other mangled samples. The main beat was summed and reversed in a couple of breaks to add to the odd feel.