Surgeon / Svreca : Skirt – Untitled (SEMANTICA 50 – 2012)
A collective effort on Semantica’s number 50, which does not indicate the extent of the label’s catalog with arithmetics seeming quite chaotic – but rather emphasizing the weight of the release with techno luminaries like Surgeon and Svreca plus the rising star Skirt. Especially Anthony Child’s appearance on the label has been long overdue, given the impressive stream of techno producers making a stopover on Semantica.
Not the ordinary bangers one might be expect from the Madrid label. Instead all artist leave the fast lane of techno highway and pull ahead on a backdrop of abstract noises. Surgeon’s hypnotic sparseness in “As You Breathe Here Now”, built on careless bass drum and fluttering hum reminds of Terrence Dixon’s exploits. Despite of elevated percussion level Svreca and Skirt operate under veiled rhythm textures for another fine piece of techno in “Hymen”. Beatless versions of both tracks would have been an interesting bonus.