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Dense & Pika's Room Two Primed Techno Cuts

The production duo, Dense & Pika launched their sound off the back of a series of big hitting self-released techno cuts which felt instantly anthemic, yet they toted an undeniably credible edge. Thanks largely to the production style adopted by the duo which added a satisfyingly gritty weight to their output the magnitude of their style earned them the attention of Scuba who quickly signed a series of EPs to his Hotflush imprint which, over the next few years, proved to be the perfect platform for Dense & Pika to build their reputation. The identities of the individuals behind the project were originally shrouded in secret but now it's pretty common knowledge that Hypercolour's Alex Jones and Christopher Spero, who you should also know as Glimpse, are behind the hands behind the outfit with Dense & Pika serving to stoke the passion they both share for the harder side of four four.

This coming weekend Jones and Spero are returning to Room Two but instead of bringing a portion of their studio with them for a live set as they have done for their previous shows with us, the duo will be drawing deep from their ample crates for a DJ set, joining Skream and Denis Sulta in the booth. As a preamble to what we can expect from their DJ set, we asked them to build us a list of their 10 best techno cuts, primed perfectly for our custom built Martin Audio rig in Room Two...

Grungerman - Fackeln Im Sturm (Profan 1997)




One of Wolfgang Voigt's many aliases. Similar to some early Kompakt releases as he went on to found the Cologne based label a year later. Its quite a hard record to programme due to the strange skipping reverse rhythm but played at the right time can be lethal.

New World Aquarium - Trespassers (Delsin 2000)




Some solid dub techno from Holland originally released as a single on NWAQ with two mixes and later licensed to Delsin. Both mixes are amazing. Not many records around that sound this individual. You can hear how it was made with samples being cut and looped and a Space Echo filling in the gaps. A very old production technique executed with perfection.

Studio 1- Lika (A1 1996)




Our personal favourite from the Wolfgang Voigt's seminal Studio 1 series. There where only 10 in the series and they're all worth getting if you can. A great example of how effective minimal techno can be in the right hands. They still sound completely fresh and timeless nearly 20 years later. Lethally precise, stripped back Cologne machine funk.

RSD - Pretty Lights (Punch Drunk 2007)




We don't know much about RSD apart from the obvious Bristol references in the music. This was released on Peverelist's ever reliable Punch Drunk in 2007. It bridges the gap between techno and dub making it very useful in both genres.

MMM - Meets Tshetsha Boys (Honest Jon's 2012)




The ever reliable Honest Jon's label released this in 2012. Its very different to allot of MMM's other output - a lot more laid back and less ravey. We heard it played out to devastating effect so bought it the week after. The arrangement is incredible.

Rhythm & Sound - See Me Ya (Burial Mix)




It would be criminal not to include at least one Rhythm & Sound track here. We have the entire back catalogue on vinyl, digitally and most of the 10"s as well. However you can get them all on one LP now, Burial Sound. This is our favourite from the back catalogue and one we play the most.

Deadbeat - Vampire (Echo Chord 2011)




Pretty much all of Deadbeat's stuff is on point, but most of it is a lot more down tempo. This is the most overtly playable thing of his that we play out. Released again on the mighty Echo Chord with a brilliant dub mix on the flip it's pure peak time fodder.

Depend - Netzroller - Sieber & Smith (And Music)




No idea who these guys are as they don't seem to have released anything else and there is no info on them online... but its wicked.

Yermande (Kick and Bass Mix) with Mbene Diatta Seck




Brilliant live sounding dub released this year on Ndagga with 5 different mixes.

Surgeon - Atol (Downwards 1995)




Blistering pacey dub techno and a stone cold classic here from the absolute master, Surgeon. This still sounds just as fresh today as it did in 1995. Its been copied hundreds of times in the last 19 years but it's never been bettered.

Photo credit: Jasper Brown
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