Dreaker emerges from the underground with an expressive debut venture that highlights the experimental ethos of alkaanet. Neglecting traditional genre boundaries, the ‘Dreaker - Zreaker’ EP touches on motifs of IDM, tek and techno, consistent with a sound currently being nurtured by Australian DJs and producers.
Formed out of a mutual devotion to mind-bending electronics and otherworldly sound design, alkaanet is the brainchild of Kaisei and Lyaeus, who operate out of Sydney (Eora). Originating as a mix series earlier this year, the project sets out to challenge dance music norms through forward-thinking electronica.
Four tracks ferrying darker sounds feature on the imprint’s debut outing ALKA001. The EP opens with ‘Mellow Depths’ which uses a club-ready approach through a prominent kick drum rhythm towards the second half of the composition. The track ‘Reverse Waves’ utilises the space between percussive hits and grainy ambient synthesis to create an experimental ride for the audience while ‘Morglain Recording’ dances masterfully through microbial textures.
Minimal Collective’s premiere ‘Zreaker’, perhaps the most testing in its approach, treats the listener to a six-minute adventure through ominous tones and whispering patterns. Gnarly broken beat kick drums drive through the track combined with heavily distorted, off-kilter percussions challenging the listener to embrace its avant-garde style.