In February of 2016 Harmonious Discord celebrated its fifteen year anniversary. Over that span, the collective has gone from a gang of scrappy young adults pressing vinyl with their collective tip money to a label known for pushing the boundaries of house and techno music with releases from some of the most highly acclaimed musicians in the electronic landscape. 2016 will bring a string of new projects for the label as they embark on even more journeys to bring the sound of the discordian underground to the masses.
This latest release features Austin, Texas, native Jeff Scroggin with three superb moving techno compositions. It's led by "Deep Knows", a warehouse jam with ample funk pressure. Complex beds of percussion and synth stabs dance together to create a highly musical techno selection. Vancouver-based industry powerhouse Jay Tripwire makes his debut on Harmonious Discord after his successful 2016 album 8 Channels. Jay applies his years of savage noises to the rework and takes the old school elements straight into the realm of the outer world. Next up is "One Note Acid", a seemingly simple construction with surprising variations that take the simple cadence into more complex territory. The progressive movement builds into a menagerie of carefully placed synthetic elements, driving towards darker moods as the piece evolves. Denied Music label boss Daniel Allen also premieres with Harmonious Discord on this release, delivering a Miami-style deep shade version of Jeff’s original. There is plenty of high resonance automation to ensure that the build drives the dance floor insane just until the music spirals into a disorienting pitch drop. Jeff rounds out the release with "New Dubs", a heady percussion-driven and deep, pulsating concoction complete with dub influences, as the title alludes.
Anthony Pappa - Cool EP. The Jay Tripwire remix is the one for me. l will support it."
L.A. Williams - "'Deep Knows' hits the heavy into the deep."
Louis Osbourne (All Night / Made To Play) - "Really nice EP. All tracks are very good. Jay Tripwire's mix stands out though."
Spettro (Get Physical Music) - "I love the bouncy vibe on Jay Tripwire's mix."
Lil' Mark (Leftroom) - "'New Dubs' for me … nice tracks."
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) - "A truly excellent EP here, with all involved doing damage. The originals are the ones for me, with the bassy building vibe on 'One Note Acid' really working well."
Terry Mullan (Coin Slot) - "The Daniel Allen remix of 'One Note Acid' … solid track."
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite / Dialtone Records) - "Right trippy. Should do some heads in for sure."
Craig Stewart (Montana & Stewart / DCSTrax) - "Feeling 'New Dubs' … very, very tasty. Phew!"
Tee Cardaci (Low Down Grooves / Sine Qua Non) - "Really impressed with every track on this one … massive!"
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) - "Superb. I love the diversity in style across these … each one is simply fantastic. 'One Note Acid' … what a journey!"
DJ Firefly (Couch Dancing Radio Show) - "Seductive deep techno … definitely the good stuff."
Available from Beatport.