Ho Chi Minh based Pink Room Records return with their latest instalment of techno-inclined club material with a storming release from Asymmetric.
The label, run by Huy Truong and – the man behind the city's Heart Beat club nights – Christoph Wolter, boasts free-thinking and expansive music policy, aiming to uncover high-grade sounds from artists living in or connected to the Southeast Asia region.
The latest instalment features Bangkok-based UK producer, Asymmetric with his 'Wolf Pack' EP. Having been immersed in the Birmingham techno scene in the '90s, Asymmetric has remained active from his new base, where he runs his MCHNWRKS label as well as the techno party, Modulate Bangkok. Known for performing live sets with modular rigs and drum machines, here he serves up an energetic EP of no-nonsense techno grooves.
Title track 'Wolf Pack' is inspired by the hectic Saigon streets, with subtly morphing tones pulsating over a locked rhythm. The lush chords of 'Roll Brother' hint at motor city roots, as the cut unfolds over crisp beats and sparkling hats. The sinister atmospherics and glitchy rhythms of 'Beachcomber' make it a dark, late-night roller, perfect for a heads-down workout.
The maniacal flavour of 'Dirtbox' makes it one of the standout tracks here. Not for the faint-hearted, this is proper techno that is likely to terrify fans of the paler imitations of the genre. No epic breakdowns, no obvious drops, this is a raw, jagged and relentless jam that seems informed by the likes of Jeff Mills and Luke Slater. Tracky, driving and full of energy, this is a fully authentic EP from Asymmetric. It's also another crafty signing from the Pink Room crew, who are promising much more on the horizon, so watch this space...
Asymmetric 'Wolf Pack' EP is out September 28 on Pink Room Records, you can buy it here