Custom control panel for Felix Lenferink - Forlane Scene Two. July 2013 by Paulus van der Heijden and Steve Mensink.
Custom control panel for Triphouse Rotterdam. December 2013 by Paulus van der Heijden and Steve Mensink.
Photograph by Studio Another Day © 2013
Back in May producer duo Will & Ink launched a new label. Now they give us another glance into their musical universe with their second EP, Wilson.
‘First Wilson’ is a well swung bit of dub techno that rocks back and forth in a vast open echo chamber and features some crazed machines taking control and whirring manically until the dubby, pendulous garage groove returns once more. ‘Second Wilson’ is a more flat-footed slow techno jam. The kicks are hard and fast but are softened by blurts of thick synth and various little sound effects and wouldn’t sound out of place on Fachwerk, whilst closing track ‘Third Wilson’ is another muscular and physical thing with barrelling kick drums, little rays of synth light shooting through and warped and reversed tones cut right through it all to devastating effect. It’s rave and jungle like at the same time as sounding thoroughly contemporary.
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Felix Lenferink has graced labels like Fourth Wave, Triphouse and Wolf Music with his electronic wizardry under monikers like Frits Wentink. 2012 saw Lenferink debut on Shipwrec, this dynamic artist delivering skewed bass and raucous beats in the form of the Forlane EP. Lenferink returns to his homeland label with new instalment, Forlane II. Whirring machine funk pours from speakers, Lenferink melting samples with pulsing drum patterns. Melodies arc and fade, harmonies quaking under condensed bassline. This swift soundweaver dissolves genres, splicing broken beats with echoed electronic memories. Shifting sonic sands and divergent textures. Comes with a full-colour doublesided poster and a download code for this EP + bonus track that is exclusive to the vinyl.
The original version of ‘Holding Our Nick’ opens the single, and as expected from FCL, the approach is no nonsense house music with all the elements to the equation. Crunchy drums, stabbing arp-style bass hooks, and soulful vocals build the foundations of the cut, while a blossoming tension runs throughout the structure, creating an ever-evolving feel and dynamism during its six and a half minute duration, the result, a classic house cut, tastefully crafted. Up next is the ‘Frits Wentink Remix’, Wolf Music artist, Frits, aka Steve Mensink, adds some additional layers to the drum programming, and throws in his own intricate melodic lines to create a stunningly contrasting mix. Raw chords, gritty saw-wave bass, and baroque structural changes, make for an exciting listen here, and add a further weight to the package. As does the final track on offer, the ‘Locked Groove Remix’, the Belgian producer, notably known for his work on, Hotflush, and Turbo Recordings, takes a more direct approach with the layout, opting for a steady, evolving pace and looped vibe, riding out the infectious groove and throwing subtle nuances into the depths of the background to keep things gradually blooming and evolving.
Artist profile by Brooklyn Bass. Includes stuff about Felix Lenferink, Frits Wentink, Will & Ink.
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including Gerry Read and Frits Wentink remixes
Will & Ink, a new label and production duo of the same name. Well, they aren’t really new, because individually Will & Ink are Dutchmen with many musical projects to their names.
This new project, however, is something different. When Will & Ink got together for the first time they had a gut feeling that they could add something new to the techno world. This is why their raw and pounding sound is brought to life through custom-built hardware, which you can see in action during their unique live sets.
Now those first tracks get an official release in the form of this three track Fermat EP. The opening track, First Fermat is a well swung, cantering techno groove with swinging hi hats and the sandiest of hits peeling off the top. The percussion and metallic rattles sound like nothing else and all in all it’s one of the most infectious warehouse styled tracks you are likely to hear.
Second Fermat recalls the releases of Fachwerk and is built on the same bubbly, grip-y drums and clattering rhythm sections, but this time a dark, filtered vocal lurks in the middle to add an element of intensity and paranoia amongst the spangled synths.
Finally, Third Fermat is a little more stripped back. The textures are still sandy and rough edged, the beats still seem to lean into a stiff wind but here the hook is a frazzled, blistered little synth which tears up the middle of the track, hypnotising as it goes. This EP marks quite the debut for a pair that has many more special techno treats up their sleeves for the coming months, both in the studio and live arena.
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As we continue to wait for his debut long-player, UK DJ/producer Hackman has shared word of a brand-new single which is set to drop via RAMP-affiliated imprint 2084. The 12” will feature one original production called “Fists of Ham,” with a remix of the tune from Dutch newcomer Felix Lenferink occupying the flip. Hackman’s forthcoming record is said to be a “precursor to an LP scheduled for later in 2013,” and will drop on July 22. Before then, previews of each track can be heard below.