Trailblazer Blue Hour, alongside label boss, Dold, continues to expand the Arsenik imprint with a quartet of failsafe dance floor heaters. The release pushes innovative sounds for the Sweden-based label, spanning dub-soaked and dreamy house to the echoes of early rave and obscure techno.
Arsenik Records was founded in 2015 by Dold and his live partner, Kuf, and is now over twenty releases strong. The label has been a vital platform for the pair to develop their own vision of techno and showcase the work of like-minded, established and emerging producers.
Dold cross-pollinates his influence of timeless techno with a wide range of sub-genres from ambient and IDM to techno and electro. On his side of the release, it is clear to hear the influence of early, drum machine heavy techno in tracks like ‘Ninety Three’, while ‘Odyssey’ features pincer-like hi-hats and a tight groove with playful puds that weave throughout the course of the track.
Blue Hour’s productions are, as to be expected, versatile, floor filling cuts. ‘Phases’, presents an atmospheric, house focused sound, with airy pads and chimes mixed in with echoing vocals above a punchy kick and low-end.
For Minimal Collective's premiere, Blue Hour returns to a classic techno sound, leaning on genres origins like tribal and hardgroove. ‘Straight Up’ combines rolling breakbeats and percussion with delayed chords and vocal stabs. A tool transporting the listener to early dancefloors filled with energy and charisma.