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by Camille Luciani

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French producer Camille Luciani makes his debut on Steyoyoke Black with a myserious and compelling 4-track EP, “Aphteraq”, perfectly balancing the charm of sparse glittering synths over a hum that asserts the darker side of techno.

The EP begins with “Amonrath”, where layers of looming strings build tension over a steady, pared-back bassline, with a drop that plunges us into the intensity that persists throughout.

The title track, “Aphteraq”, shows incredible attention to detail. The atmosphere expands to a low echoing hum, interspersed with an impressive variety of percussion that dips in and out – a compelling track, which reveals more details with every listen.

“Ascendere” begins minimally, until crisp arpeggios begin to echo around the soundscape - and just as the intensity appears to peak, the layers instantly pull back to a steady compelling drumming. These contrasting themes are masterfully built on and repeated, making this sparkling track a stand-out.

“Mirage” again forces us to appreciate the delicacy of the EP’s production, with every percussive sound precise and addictive. Layers shift and build with a syncopated melody to hold onto while letting go into the rest of the deeper frequencies.

Camille Luciani makes an impressive entrance with this release, masterfully balancing strong driving basslines with shimmering and innovative higher layers. It’s an EP that shows the diversity of his skills as a producer, and makes a strong statement about his place in the techno scene.

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released September 6, 2018

Steyoyoke Black

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