Ronald Christoph returns to PuzzleProjectsMusic after the triumphant, rave-inspired Ego Death EP with label boss Ben Spalding. This time the renowned Berlin-based musician and producer teams up with Steve Cole to deadly effect. The producers each bring years of deep knowledge and experience to their studio exploits: Ronald, a stalwart of the Berlin scene and Steve, a long-serving member of the techno beat community in his native Switzerland.
‘Fade News’ (PPM0030) lures us into a long dark tunnel. As the murky bassline throbs and pulsates, we encounter increasingly rousing energy, Cole and Christoph adding layers of percussion and tweaking the arrangement to up the ante. Intermittent rave stabs rise in prominence, taking centre stage and providing a razor-sharp juxtaposition to the bulbous low end.
On the flip, ‘Shadow’ (PPM0031) keeps it on the dark side – this time with a potent, oscillating b-line that will send shockwaves through the dance floor. Here, Cole and Christoph dial up the intensity with precision, peppering the track with vocal stabs, and a menagerie of layers and effects to cultivate depth and feeling. The atmosphere is mysterious and seductive, keeping you dancing right until the end.
Steve Cole and Ronald Christoph demonstrate their prowess on this two-tracker, crafting high-calibre eyes-down techno with panache.
And there’s more PuzzleProjectsMusic hotness on the way, with the next release seeing a return of Brazilian funkster Katorzi.