With the city of Boston finally awakening from its frozen slumber these past few months, producers such as Monktec are emerging from the inclemency with a wave of harsh yet energetic compositions. Hot off the (digital) printing press, his Red Room EP is a shivering glance at a wintry city deep within its dormancy.
The title track shares much of its heritage from Berlin, equally as harsh a place when the sunlight tops out at 8 hours per day. It’s a wide corridor to navigate; at 12 minutes, there are plenty of subtle twists to navigate as the brooding atmospherics unfold with each passage. The equally morbid “Anger Chain” lays pounding slabs of percussion into a concrete concoction of thick, harsh overtones and impermeable bass notes. This is one of the better examples of homegrown techno I’ve heard in quite some time.