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Heiko Laux & Alexander Lukat

Lucho parts 1 & 2

Heiko Laux is one of the most respected artists in Germany. He’s running his label Kanztleramt for almost 20 years, having started when the records were only vinyl records. Considered a Techno producer and dj, Heiko has worked with the very best artists of the European circuit: Alexander Kowalsky, Johannes Heil, Anthony Rother… and many more. But his range it is not only Techno, he has released by Soma, but as well by Suol. Without pausing for breath, Heiko follows up last week’s Canis Major ep with another double whammy, this time alongside Alexander Lukat.

Alexander and Heiko have already worked together in the track Bleak, included in a Various Artists released by Par Grindvik’s Sinister, some months ago. Now it is time to Lucho, parts 1 and 2, by the Josh Wink’s Ovum Recordings. In Part 1, Laux and Lukat expertly cultivate a dank aura of seismic dread, dominated by a thunderous low-end which thrums beneath the surface like a beast from the deep. A dense latticework of hi-hats and backbeats whir and converge amongst each other, whilst pressure valves burst and hiss in the background.

Part 2 flips the vibe on its head and invokes the ghost of rave to create a punishing techno workout that bristles with spectral hoover-like salvos, and an ongoing volley of classic chord stabs. We don’t know who is Lucho but we are sure he will be dancing till dawn with this. Another victory for Mr. Wink and his respected Ovum imprint.