Ahead of the release of his brilliant Circuit Breaker EP, PinballSpider delves into his record box for number 61 in our mix series. The Waveform Transmitter‘s Ste Knight presents an hour of leftfield electro and manifold electronics, and reviews the impressive second release on Avoidant.
Ah, Scotland. Purveyors of fine, peaty whiskies, cute black terriers, and some of the best techno the British Isles has to offer. Those who know us here at The Waveform Transmitter know we have an affinity with our brothers and sisters north of the border (our editor is ginger, FFS), and you will also know how dear we hold the music that drifts down our way from up north.
You can imagine our delight, then, when PinballSpider‘s promo landed in our inbox. The three-track Circuit Breaker EP sees the up-and-coming Scottish producer heading to Glasgow’s Avoidant for their second outing. The triple-header is due for release on December 9th and features a glut of rave-inspired breaks-y tracks.
We open with the title track – a funked-up electro number where futuristic glitched-out vocal snippets collide with hissing zaps and a brooding bottom end. The bassline growls menacingly throughout Circuit Breaker, with the 4-minute mark heralding a stripped back breakdown before we are flung headfirst back into the track.
Next up is the dystopian Authority Bubble. The track starts out in a minimalist manner, with a horror-string style sample growing in intensity as the percussion skitters around the mix. This breaks us out into the track proper, which retains the atmospheric quality of the tracks opening, throwing bold sub-bass under the percs while the synths take care of the mids.
The EP closes with a killer rave-inspired production. Smoke Contract is this writer’s favourite track on the EP, mainly due to the almost junglist vibes carried by the drum programming, which sits perfectly alongside some heavenly pad-work and the ravey vocal pops that permeate throughout the mix.
A strong EP for PinballSpider, which follows his fantastic release with Kamus, and a shrewd signing for the Avoidant imprint. You can purchase the release on December 9th, and in the meantime, grab a pre-order here.