B​.​K​.​R. Fantazise EP

by B.K.R.

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FINA Records’ raw house and techno leaning sub-label FINA White turns to a new alias from a long standing UK artist for its next EP.

That artist is B.K.R aka Simon Baker, the London based producer who has been putting out music for more than a decade, but it’s his new alias that has us hot under the collar. In his first year releasing as B.K.R, Simon has already notched up a number of high calibre releases on the creme de la creme of techno labels including Adam Beyer's Drumcode and Alan Fitzpatrick’s Whistle Blower, with future releases on Dusky's 17 Steps, while not forgetting his own label, aptly named B.K.R Project, which cites Loco Dice & Laurent Garnier as avid fans. Now B.K.R serves up his Fantasise EP on our stripped back sub label FINA White with four tracks that are primed for the dance floor.

Opening up the EP is ‘Fantasize’, six and a half minutes of industrial sounding techno with squelchy percussion, slamming drums and freaky synths all burrowing deep into your brain. Some light and soul comes from the obscured chord stabs throughout, and the whole thing percolates with dark energy. Equally strong, ‘Stuck in Red’ is more elastic and bouncy but is underpinned by a sense of late night mischief and foreboding. Sci-fi signifiers and slithering hi hats bring real drama to the groove and the whole thing cannot fail to sweep up the ‘floor as the pressure builds throughout.

On the flip, ‘Stuck in Blue’ finds Baker again cooking up fresh sounds and textures to make for a warm blooded techno roller with creepy and unsettling little stabs, razor sharp hits and loopy pads that are loose limbed and brilliantly fluid. ‘Last One’ then hits the hardest of the lot, with macho drums down low and paranoid synths screwing about up top. It’s a tense cut that is full of arresting sound design and rounds out a truly powerful EP.

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released December 16, 2016

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Established in 2011, FINA has become one of the most essential and respected house imprints of its time, counting electronic luminaries such as Move D, Leif, Roberto Rodriguez, Cottam and Francis Inferno Orchestra as part of its artistic family.

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