Escape Attempts

I’ve written about Croatia’s Robert Pain before and you can rest assured I’ll write about him again. I first noticed him last year with his immense Black Queen debut and its follow up; the Inquistion EP for the Czech Republic’s Transporta. He’s been building up a bit of a following in techno circles and rightly so; his techno is dark, uncompromising, defined and beautiful without being overly so. From cerebral deep to warehouse hard stomp he nests somewhere in between. He is one of my favourite techno artists around at the moment. The four track Escape Attempts is up for download from his SoundCloud profile. It’s lighter in tone than his discography so far, even dare I say jacking in parts as Old dog and his Barking man will illustrate. And then there’s 65mins later going all out for a Detroit synth inspired flex. My pick has to be Constant Shock. A jackhammer throb of a track. Relentless and piercing without     being overpowered by a booming kickdrum. __________________________________________________

Review of Inquisition on

Inquisition EP

Croatian artist Robert Pain made quite the opening statement with his Black Queen album earlier this year. Self released and available for free it garnished a lot of praise within the darker techno underground, passing around message boards where it was universally praised. What I take to be its follow up is this; his Inquisition EP for Czech netlabelTransporta.
This is very dark and captivating techno without being harsh or aggressive. Scena I has that locked groove feel with a quite eerie whiney bleep throughout which reminds me of classic horror soundtrack themes. Scena II goes into broken techno territory incorporating crypt-like space between the beats. This journey gets deeper and darker, verging on being unsettling. Thou Pain pushes the soundscape it never alienates itself enough that it retreats too far into harsh electronic abstraction and noise.
Third of the 4; Scena III reverts back to more standard techno beat programming absolutely nailing the sounds on that hypnotic loop. As the track builds Pain works in the atmosphere and synths giving them a dusty almost otherwordly affectivity building in a spectral like melody in the final minutes. Scena IV is a fitting end to this quartet of tenebrosity, bold drones overlay a restrained and focus beat.
All in all brilliant work and work that has firmly established Robert Pain on my radar of artists to watch. Available as free 320kbps MP3 this is highly recommended listening.

Inquisition on Transporta Rec

Another as we think proud release comming out on Transporta Records! Four killing techno tracks from Zagreb based artist Robert Pain! Robert did a big boom with his album Black Queen, and now he strikes our ears again. Feel free to download and link this free release, and please leave us your comments under this post. Cheers.

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