This week’s Waveform Mix comes from Mancunian producer-of-the-hour, Rant Casey. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight gets to grips with his latest single, TRF004, and offers an hour and a half of blistering techno to kick your Friday into touch.
You all know by now how much we love a bit of techno here at The Waveform Transmitter, so it will come as no surprise to you that we’ve been closely following the work of one Tom Marsh, AKA Rant Casey. It will also come as no surprise to you that we’re delighted to have Rant along for our latest Waveform Mix.
The interesting artist nomenclature chosen by Rant Casey actually comes from a book written by Chuck Palahniuk, Rant, and is taken from the protagonist, Buster Casey, nicknamed Rant due to a vomit inducing practical joke he played in his youth. While our Mancunian friend’s music definitely doesn’t resemble vomitus, the music he produces does render the listener wonderfully delirious, inducing feverish delight when happened upon.
Recently, Mr Casey released his latest production, TRF004, via northern imprint, Traffic MCR, located just down the road in Rant‘s home city. The three track-er offers up some truly relentless techno, which seems to be in keeping with his previous productions, such as I Hope You Have a Shit Time, Cunt, and Contristatus. His style definitely has both feet planted in Detroit, the city from which techno was arguably born.
Opener Stained Glass, reverberates nightmarishly around a cavernous cathedral-like space, huge groaning synths sitting just behind the shadows, menacingly threatening to pounce on the listener at any point and drag them down to some demonic netherworld.
Transcend has similarly ethereal qualities. This time, however, the listener is propelled upwards, soaring over a futuristic Blade Runner style cityscape below at the speed of light, as huge plumes of flame billow out of chimneys just out of reach.
The third track on the release is Inside, which offers up some peak time fodder, as the hyperactive percussion thrashes away throughout the track, with subtle pads just about breaking through the back of the mix, while the repeated vocal snippet forges the track forwards.
Overall, the record is a superb lesson in how to do proper techno. Comparison can be drawn between the likes of Perc, Manni Dee, and some of our Francophonic techno producers, such as Electric Rescue and Kmyle.
It is nice to see that Rant doesn’t let up when he’s in the mix either. His style behind the wheels is equally charging, and would translate perfectly between headphones and a big fuck-off Funktion One – hopefully we’ll be seeing him gracing the decks at some point soon!
In the meantime, however, get all over his latest Waveform Mix, and you’ll see what we mean when we say that Rant Casey‘s mixing style is well and truly frenetic. Taps aaaaafffff!
1. Kwartz – Breakage (Exium Remix) [POLEGROUP026]
2. Coeter One – 145 [NULTD03]
3. Conrad Van Orton & VSK – Angular Momentum [MOD24]
4. Rant Casey – Transcend [TRF004]
5. Judea – Hours (Brian Sanhaji Remix) [COT010]
6. DJ Deep – Stressing’ [DRH051]
7. Rant Casey – ???????
8. Ayrtan – Fuck Brad [TRF005]
9. An-i – Kino i (Dub) [CITI011]
10. DisX3 – Wave_1.3 [KSQ023]
11. Jeroen Search – Sense of Time [DREF034]
12. Rant Casey – ???????
13. Remco Beekwilder – Irregular Acid [REFLEKT008]
14. Stranger – Play Some Rave for Me [MONNOM008]
15. Rant Casey – Inside [TRF004]
16. Arnaud Rebotini – Pagan Dance Move [ZONE10]