‘Jalada’ – Daniel[i] (Whispering Signals)

Jalada by Daniel[i]

Aachen based techno label Whispering Signals celebrate their inaugural release with Jalada, a four track E.P. exemplifying the crisp, layered sound synonymous with contemporary techno. Label head Daniel[i] spearheads the release with an original mix and the remix list packs a production punch, calling on Wa Wu We (aka Sebastian Mullaert), Feral and Illuvia.

For the last 18 months, Daniel[i] aka Daniel Danieli has been slowly building a strong discography, with releases on some of the genres most forward-thinking labels (Lowless, Norite and Ritualism). With Jalada, Danieli once again displays his ability as a producer. Each element within the track is seamlessly integrated, from the kicks (which seem to start life as padded kicks, but evolve to dance floor ready rumbles) to the layers of percussive elements (a fusion of different highs work really well together). A faint vocal echoes from the mid-point on, underpinning the production with the ‘whispering signals’ message. It strikes a nice balance – in my opinion equally at home during a home listening session, or in a club setting.

4×4 remixes come in the form of Wa Wu We’s ‘Ventilation’ and Feral’s ‘Night Version’. The former’s offering is grittier and kicks, pads and highs seem denser. The latter exemplifies Feral’s sound perfectly – slightly tribal, with slinky high hats and other worldly sound samples that are interspersed throughout. 

Perhaps better known for his work under the alias Purl, Ludvig Cimbrelius rounds things off with an ‘inversion’ under the moniker Illuvia. Atmospheric ambient brings the release to a somewhat blissful ending – gentle padded kicks provide the backdrop to the numerous samples and recordings layered throughout. Cimbrelius provides a naturalistic feel, with the sound of trickling water mimicked and the faint, ethereal sound of a distant whisper present, seemingly carried along by gentle soundscapes.

According to Danieli, each contributor to the release understands his vision and perception of sounds in general, but was given full autonomy with their productions to respect the ‘Whispering Signals’ message. The result is an extremely well crafted release and in a genre where fledgling labels have to notch a few releases to find their feet, Whispering Signals has clearly hit the ground running. 

Available on vinyl (pre-order) and digitally through Formaviva.

‘Ultraviolet Radiation’ – Feral (Hypnus Records)

Ultraviolet Radiation - Feral (Hypnus Records)

Since 2013, Hypnus records has released some of the most forward thinking techno within the genre, curated under the watchful eye of Michel, who also plays live (and formerly djed) under the moniker of Ntogn.  

During their first year, Hypnus debutised emerging (now established) artists Luigi Tozzi, Korridor and BLNDR, whilst rounding things off with a remix album featuring tracks from Mike Parker, Cio D’or, Cassegrain and Orphx. The years following has seen Hypnus reach nearly fifty releases, with a roster reading like the who’s who of contemporary techno, including; Feral, SKYM, Primal Code and Birds ov Paradise.

The latest release calls again on a label mainstay, italian producer and live act Feral. ‘Ultraviolet Radiation’ is a four track E.P which perfectly embodies the sound that Hypnus has become synonymous with. ‘Polar Sun’ is dark and driving, with acid-esque warps layered perfectly over throbbing, dubby drum loops. ‘Ice Tunnel’ is more stripped back with rasping highs and syncopated toms taking centre stage, under pinned once more by a dubby kick.

Title Track ‘Ultraviolet Radiation’ transitions to break beat and the warped cosmic soundscape certainly shows signs of a Donato Dozzy-esque influence. Ending things with ‘Solar’ Feral shifts again, removing rhythmic kicks and paving the way for dark, powerful drone. 

The vision for the label is clear and considered, with Michel citing intrinsic links to nature and its frequencies, stretching our conscious limits and connecting with each other through creativity and imagination. Vinyl releases occur with each new moon and whilst the visual identity has always been beautifully crafted, the recent use of artwork created by Michel’s partner seems to have taken it to another level – appearing to be another important step in the organic development of the imprint.

Michel also curates The Memoir, a podcast series in which friends and affiliates of the Hypnus label are invited to deliver an hour (sometimes more) of all their own material. A perfect opportunity for artists to lay their creative souls bare and for listeners to delve deeper into a producer’s personal output. Feral’s recent contribution can be found here.

Following the recent Spring equinox, we look forward to a new season of boundary pushing sounds from Hypnus.