When the world decided to stopis one of the two-track EP Reminisce containing Chihiro as well. Melancholic chord progressions and dreamy ambiance are the opening sound of the EP; a journey through our deeper and more hidden soul with a hypnotic theme and minimal beats. Paired with organic sounds, the main theme slowly fade away on the background to return bigger and more powerful on the second part of the tune. The track takes the straight-and-true trajectory of traditional minimal techno, and embellish it with pads, piano, and a classical sense of grandeur – a whole lot more freedom than you would find elsewhere in these days.
Kind of opposite is Chihiro, with his fast and clean rolling beat. With soothing percussions that reach the maximum energy with the addition of a dreamy synth-driven melody, Dark Matter works in subtle and sustained contrasts between beat, percussion, and synth sounds. He takes the most notable overlap between techno and neo-classical – patience – and making it work to his constant advantage.
It might not be much in the way of a surprise for those who’ve listened to Jack’s previous releases on different aliases, but working from divergent influences is rarely simple, and Dark Matter iterates on the ideas explored in these earlier tunes with serious skill, electronic and traditional influences so tightly woven together that the EP maintains a very definite sense of identity throughout, and is pretty much impossible to poke holes in.
Currently available on one of the most growing techno labels of the panorama, Dark Matter’s When the world decided to stop is available now worldwide via Mercurial Tones. Download it here.