Orbe – Uniformity (2017)

The idea of purity is always recurring when talking about techno. Although purism has long been relegated to a mere excuse for fear, when understood not as vindication of a certain dogma, but as a way of approaching creative expression, purity is, as a matter of a fact, inseparable from the genre. After all, techno is something like the pursuit of transcendence – either visceral, cerebral or spiritual – through the strictly necessary means only. The search of the truest forms by just outlining them. All of this brings us to the story of ‘Uniformity’, Orbe’s first release for Hivern. We had been following Fernando since his first releases in the orbit of Eduardo de la Calle’s Analog Solutions. At the same time, he had sent us various folders with music, but nothing had just crystallized. Orbe ended up changing of studio, settling in the basement of a record store in the district of Malasaña in Madrid. There, he locked himself for two weeks, during which, as he explains, he “let himself go”. “I did not think about anything, I made music for myself, and that’s how it came out,” he recalls. What came out of these studio sessions were six cuts that borrow indistinctly from electro and techno to reach perennial border zones, those where languages are no longer effective and the ability to transmit emotions becomes the only mean of communication. In a way, this is what happened to Orbe when approaching the production of the tracks. He stopped trying to make himself understood and simply focused on expressing what he wanted to say, reminding us about the only kind of purity that makes sense in music.  The 12” comes wrapped in a screen printed sleeve with design by Arnau Pi.

 

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