by Kyle Fleck
on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 5:20 PM
Rummaging around the music blogs recently, I came across a strange little mutant of a track called "Prinzif," by a New York-via-Kansas City producer named Huerco S. Pretty simple at first, just an atonal synth wheeze and some stuttering lo-fi percussion. Then at the minute mark, as if bored with itself, it fades into a wash of vinyl crackles only to start up again, this time with stark, Basic Channel-esque bass throbs and a tinny synth fanfare. After about four minutes the actual beat drops and the tune reveals itself as a diseased take on Midwestern electro, 808 snares and all. It essentially strips Detroit techno down to its rusting, deserted mechanical heart. It's also weirdly beautiful, and luckily just the tip of the iceberg for this outré electronic artist.
This is going to get quite a bit more geeky, so I'll post the rest after the jump.
This dude has a veritable treasure trove of material available on Youtube, as well as a few (equally weird, equally awesome) DJ mixes on his Soundcloud. According to Discogs, his first release was HRCS-001 which dropped in 2011, opening with the absolutely gorgeous "Battery Tunnel", which lays down a lush, king-sized bed of past-closing-time synths and house-diva vocals. A melancholy vibe, nearly reminiscent of William Basinski or Ekkehard Ehlers, wafts through the piece. The beat exists, but it's not the focus. Which isn't to say he can't also do straight club: tracks like "Malaren" and "No Jack" share some DNA with Floating Points' classic "Love Me Like This," with their chopped-up R&B hooks and filter-house aesthetic.
Anyway, Huerco S. has a new LP dropping September 24 on Software called Colonial Patterns, and from what I've heard, it could be one of the best left-field electronic releases of the year. Hibernation time approaches: You could do worse than getting comfortable with some woozy headphone music.