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Heart of flesh

An upfront and in demand label that has been driving dance floors for a great portion of past Ibiza seasons, Cadenza has uniquely set itself apart from the rest. As a family filled with cruising beats provided by world-renowned DJs and Producers, Cadenza adds another impressive talent to its impenetrable roster. Technasia, a production project established in 1997 by Hong Kong native Amil Khan and French artist Charles Siegling, has had much success with a wide arrange of Techno releases. Presently, the duo of Technasia has evolved into a solo project run by Siegling after Amil Khan left the group to raise a family in 2008. Inspired to continue Technasia’s legacy, Siegling provides a jostling bit of wide-ranging, global techno.

Opening up a world of unthinkable rhythmic structures, Technasia begins the EP with the title track, Heart of Flesh. An up-tempo percussive groove that twists around a delayed, spoken-word vocal that builds up into a late night, rolling tech house bomb. A little tougher than most of Cadenza’s signings, Heart of Flesh is one that fans of more driving beats will surely appreciate. The next track on the release, Octaval, is more of a musical journey than the opening track, with a symphony of smart and organic techno moving the futuristic tribal beat. Incorporating a splash of Spanish female vocals that could have easily been cut from a sleazy Ibiza house track dating back to the early 2000’s, Octaval is definitely one for the beaches. Closing out the release is the digital bonus Michigan Ride, a warm and melodic haze perfect for the early morning hours into sunrise.  Touching on a bit of Berlin’s new school dub techno, the ever-present loop built by Technasia, opens up into a trippy haze of genreless movement.