Drumatik- Peak Process (Peak Records 2006)
Article posted by TweeKUniT on 11/05/2006 12:54AM
Peak Records have always been a favourite night music label of mine- there sound is fresh, contemporary- a blend between dark and dirty, and clean and driving. Not afraid to push a few boundaries either- each release has a definite experimental edge that many labels are afraid to pushâ€¦ Drumatik has been one of the solid Peak Artists since day one- his tracks on earlier comps definitely impressed me- and I was looking very much forward to this one.
And disappointed I was not- Peak Producers is a fine album release in true Peak style- driving, dark (but not toooo dark), percussive night music built for dance floors who donâ€™t take no shit, haha! Drumatik (as the name might suggest) has a definite focus on percussion- lots of tasty fills, and clicky sharp percs throughoutâ€¦ its nice to see some night music that doesnâ€™t rely so much of its crazy top-end to carry it.
Compilation starts with a tribalish drum intro- kind of gives a nice suggestion of what is to come though- the second track â€œOff into Spaceâ€ kicks it off nicely with a crispy pumping bassline and some tappy snares- the bassline is nice and forward, a bit of a roll to it, good sunrise gear methinksâ€¦ nice atmospheres and a few crazy psychedelic leads lace the topend, not going to far into to squiggle territory for this listener (thank Christ!)
Devilâ€™s Door is a little more chaotic in its intent- this one definitely lends itself a little more to the darker hours I thinkâ€¦ Nice hovering bassline, some killer tribal style drums with a kick ass break down or 2 thrown in there- fans of hefty output I think would be right into this one. Simulations is along similar lines, a few more high ends synths populating it thoughâ€¦ maybe a bit too much for my head right now- but I think it could lend itself nicely to a 3am dancefloorâ€¦.
Killing 200 Remix pulls it back a little bitâ€¦ playful and definitely very psychedelic, this is one of the one that pushes a few boundaries I think on the albumâ€¦ Tekky glitches and some very, very cool drum work definitely gives the name Drumatik some meaningâ€¦ It sounds as if a live drummer is actually playing a lot of it, its good to be able to pull off that effect, it takes some skill.
Access Approved has the same experimental feel- weâ€™re up to full intensity now, ripping along nicely at 148BPM- again the deadly percussion work in this one catches meâ€¦ frantic and scattered, but at the same time with a sensibility that you donâ€™t find in much trance music. This track fully keeps you guessing, and thatâ€™s one think I love in night music. Great track.
Psychiatric Symphony takes it back in the other direction a bit- I know its gotta be done, but probably not my favourite track on the album- a little bit too chaotic and high end based- those kind of leads arenâ€™t so good for my head. Revolution 2012 is a return to the source- back to the minimal percussion funk from before! A definite step down in sound and intensity- this ones got a lot of funk to it I thinkâ€¦ Classy tribal bongos and a bit more morning of a sound- cool track written about an eclipse that will happen over my town, hehe!
Face to Faith closes the album in true stomping style- funky, playful, driving, serious- all at one timeâ€¦ A good way to sum up the Drumatik sound in general I think, and a good way to end the cd. (dig the sample taken from Team America at the start- Dirka dirky jihad dirka!!!
Overall, Drumatikâ€™s latest effort Peak Process is another win for the Peak crewâ€¦ Gaspard definitely knows his way around the sound of night music, and itâ€™s refreshing to see a label is taking a very definite direction without letting the fringes of commercialism to touch their view of musicâ€¦ and I think we need more of those in the scene! Classy night music- not for the faint hearted by any means- for coinsurers of the 3am dancefloor.