"Kickdrum, bassline, hi-hats". Three words that Detroit bred producer Ryan Elliott uses in biographies to define himself in artistic matters. Serving as a resident DJ at the legendary Berghain/Panorama Club, it comes to no surprise that his most recent imprint comes under the club's own record label — Ostgut Ton. Stepmode EP, the two-track masterpiece designed for long term club play, offers a harmonious release with a hypnotizing edge that displays a continental fuse between Elliott's distinctive Detroit roots and UK funk.
The A-side features the title track "Stepmode" that starts with tormenting force and signature basslines set to intensify the tone as the beat goes on. Serving as a showcase of Elliott's love for minimal straightforwardness in his production, the airy vocal chopping implemented becomes an addictive enchantment delving into an elated tech-house atmosphere.
The B-side, "Stillsteppin", gives a contrasting effect from the previous tune. Evoking a profound intensity that sinks deep into the listener's subconscious, the dark groove adorned with vaporous strings helps heighten the listening experience into an unforgettable techno groove you just can't deny!
Already set to play his staple sets at Berghain this summer, if you cannot make it out to Berlin try catching him at Cocoon's parties in the UK for July as well as in Holland's Into the Woods festival in September.
- Ostgut Ton