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TwoFourteen - Camuy
1: Up Per Mid West buy now
2: Flopsock
3: Fake Furs
4: Single Speed
5: Dropscotch


DJ Magazine Issue 478

Chris Roman brings a diverse set of flavours to 'Camuy'. While his Miami background means that splurging low ends are a constant, 'Up Per Mid West' is a stripped-back, abstract affair and 'Dropscotch' and 'Single Speed' are deeper explorations. Best of all though is 'Flopsock', where Roman combines a skipping rhythm and heavy subs with gorgeous, UR-style outer space blips and bleeps.

If they haven't already done so, devotees of Ai Records and similarly-styled imprints should do themselves a favour and check out Pyramid Transmissions' wares. The London-based label, founded in 2000 by Andy Jaggers and John Cranmer (aka ADJ and Pathic, respectively) and named after the Pyramid record store run by Jaggers at the start of the decade, specializes in a fresh electro-techno that has old-school roots in the ‘90s but is also clearly oriented towards the future.

On the basis of his Camuy five-tracker, TwoFourteen (aka Seattle-based Chris Roman) clearly knows his way around an android electro-funk beat or two (not to mention alien landscapes). Having been influenced by the likes of Monolake and Two Lone Swordsmen, it's no surprise that TwoFourteen's sound is polished. It's heady stuff; though there are moments when Roman strips his sound back to little more than beats, it's more often than not packed with detail. “Fake Furs,” for example, proves almost dizzying in its mix of rapid pitter-patter, voice croaks, and synthetic elements, as does “Single Speed” with its brooding tones, popping mechano beats, and general clangour. “Flopsock” serves up a booty-shaking blend of electro, techno, and funk that's downright nasty, while “Dropscotch” carves a path between futuristic episodes and skeletal beat-based electro-funk in a manner that suggests Roman's got a promising second career as a sci-fi soundtrack composer