English producer Matt Karmil has shared the superbly cerebral left field techno cut ‘PB’, which will feature on his forthcoming LP STS371. An acid melody gets subtly pulled from pillar to post all the while soaked in a fascinatingly dense atmosphere of dramatic ambient hiss. Equally at home pushing boundaries in either House and Techno worlds, it’s yet more evidence that there is not an inch of space in either the composition or the production sphere that the talented Karmil won’t touch.
STS371 will be the man from the rolling hills of The Cotwolds first full length since 2018, an incredibly busy year whicd saw him release the amazingly deep Will as well two intuitively intelligent house focused EP’s in 2018. Soaked on iK7 and Tell Me Why for Studio Barnhus. The latter was one of three works that year in collaboration with Studio Barnhus boss Kornél Kovács. They recorded the split vinyl 12″ NAP / SODUB together before Karmil co-produced (with Kovács) and mixed the Swede’s excellent LP of last year Stockholm Marathon. He also produced works by Matias Aguayo (Crammed Discs) and Talaboman (R&S).
The strange feeling of idle restlessness on ‘PB’ is representative of its ‘on the fly’ and Karmil’s studioless existence at the time with much of the album made on the road. He had this say about the track’s eventual compositional birth. (I made ‘PB’)
“over an extended period, having made a 120bpm tune with the same texture and then resampled it and upped the tempo one evening in Cologne. I wanted to make [a] committed acid track that draws you in and worked hard to get the drums, percussion and main melody working in harmony, but swapping roles a little.”
Be impressed below and pre-order the STS371 here. It’s out March 27 on one of our favourite labels, Oslo’s Smalltown Supersound. The track is currently, along with 15 other brand new techno gems just released to stream, heading up our New Techno Playlist on Spotify.
3. Snail Shower
4. PB 08:03
5. Still Not French