Germany's mysterious Lost Rhythm comes with a proggy single-tracker on his own Lostium Records imprint
Slightly mysterious German producer Lost Rhythm returns on his own Lostium Records with a single-track release from the deep, dark n' proggy side of the street. Whether you want to file Transcendence under 'melodic techno', 'progressive house' or 'progressive techno' is up to you – as long as you like it moody you're good!
The track opens with a midpaced 4/4 kick and an ominous synth drone, which are joined by percussion hits and various FX and trills before some nagging synth notes usher in a jagged-edged bassline that imparts a sense of tension and drama. That sense of tension then just carries on building, giving the track an almost soundtrack-y feel, with a beatless breakdown in the middle offering little respite from the overwhelming sense of doom before the drums return to play us out to the end.
Transcendence doesn't do anything a hundred other deep, dark prog/melodic cuts don't do, it has to be said. It's just that it does what it does better than most, and as such is worth checking even if you're not normally a fan of the genre – it's got atmosphere and drama by the bucketload and as such could reach beyond those floors it's most obviously aimed at. Turn the dark up!
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 27 January
Review Score: 8