Swedish techno artist DJ Lily returns to his own BROR imprint, with four killer techno cuts. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes in the dark atmospherics of the Gothenburg producer.
The enigmatic DJ Lily follows up his debut track, Foila, the b-side to Arkajo‘s Vamp, on BROR03. This moody techno number set the precedent for the EP which was to follow, namely BROR04, which we are reviewing right here. Needles to say, Lily has produced a successor that builds and improves on an already impressive debut.
The four-track ep starts off with the menacing Paradigm, which launches us into the atmosphere of a dystopian world. Heaving kick drums usher us along through the track as echoed samples draw us further down dark alleys and over steaming manhole covers. Very Aldous Huxley. A lonely, syncopated piano key plays along hauntingly as the track goes on, with ethereal pads breathing frosty plumes of air into the soundscape.
Next up we have Quo, which again has a dystopian feel to it. This time, however, we are hotly pursued by cyborg law enforcers as sirens signal our escape from a high security compound. The thick kick drum emulates the chase, as they acidic synth creates a sense of panic as it peaks and troughs. Making our way to a high speed bullet train, we enter our transport and make good our escape, as hissing cymbal samples ricochet around the headspace.
NES continues the theme of Quo. We are travelling a 300mph along a magnetic rail system, scenery melting into itself as we rush through hi-tech landscapes, hologram commercials a mere blur. The percussion evokes such imagery, while the synth sample takes us through tunnels, the sounds of magnets and dynamos whirring below our feet as we travel away from our captors.
Closing track OHM takes place as we leave the convenience and protection of our transportation and enter the a futuristic downtown scene. Evocative piano chords give an eerie, untrustworthy sound to the track. It is menacing, but dare our pursuers venture this far into the criminal underworld? We hear their choppers overhead, but we mingle easily with the crowd of mutated ne’er do wells that throng through the streets, croaking samples mimicking their communication.
A lonely pluck that comes through the mix halfway through the track might offer law enforcement a clue to where we are, as the tracking beacon they fitted sends them messages pinpointing our location.
BROR04 is a fantastic EP that lays down a wonderful post-apocalyptic narrative, whisking the listener away on a journey in the manner that all good electronic music should do. It is high time we had something a little different to the soulless, copycat techno that is saturating the underground scene as we write. The music DJ Lily produces is expressive and emotive, the space techno elements echoing the likes of Convextion‘s 2562 and the chasm-ic dub techno musings of Thule Records‘ COLD.
Thankfully for us, DJ Lily is on hand with a very strong EP that gives us atmosphere by the bucketload. We look forward to further productions from the BROR head man.