With a deep breath and stamp of the approving foot, Skudge006 is on the way, tba.
In their own words Skudge are a Swedish duo who make music with an ‘exceptional sense of loops and unexpected detail in their productions’. I can’t say I particularly notice loops in music; I guess it’s either a subconscious ignorance, or a deliberate attempt to avoid picturing DAWs and quanitization. But what I do recognize, and love doing so, is simple but effective details. And Skudge possess deese in abundance.
Pretty much all of Skudge’s techno-focused productions are full of wonderful detail: intricate drum fills, sweeping trebles, glimmers of vocal, the occasionally syncopated rhythm. The 006 tracks ‘Haste’ and ‘Wonder Stories’ boast synth crescendos not amiss in Croydon, high end arpeggiators popping like its pretty fucking hot, and emerging, steaming undercurrents. See also their remix of Nyra’s ‘Uno 10’:
What makes Skudge so good, though, is the beat. I know it may sound simple to characterize techno by its beat, yah yah yah, but Skudge are brilliant at creating idioyncratic thumps. They can match hugely deep bass with a delicate smattering of snare taps and confirming hi-hats. The bass is often a perfectly-matched tone to the rhythm, with everything sliding into place. It sometimes sounds like its chained tormentedly to a metal pipe in the basement of visceral expression; other times its warm, inviting, exciting - beating like the walk to the middle, onto the pitch, at the line, on the platform. It’s both incessant and incessantly satisfying.
So Skudge006. We await.