Vancouver based techno pioneer Tomas Jirku returns to basic_sounds with his exceptional second release, Moves Like Benes. Since his prestigious gig at Mutek in Montréal last year, Tomas has been performing across his beloved Canada and continues to drop meticulously crafted tracks and EP’s for various outputs ranging from Toronto based boutique label Supesharu to Slovakia’s tech-house output Leporelo and San Francisco’s De'fchild Productions in which he trades remixes with the label’s boss. When he’s not busy in his studio researching the collisions between his favourite yet disparate genres, dub and electro, Tomas balances his technological explorations by fly fishing with his wife in and around beautiful British Columbia.
Tomas likens his approach to the tracks on Moves Like Benes as being comparable to playing a Commodore 64 in a storm sewer, along with all the havoc that sludge would play on the circuitry. The opening track “Breaker Fever” is a quirky bouncing electro techno number that spits and sputters along with reverberating wet flutters, sharp stabs and transistor-powered steel drum melodies. Around the five-minute mark it shifts gears and becomes a punchy dancefloor number with robo-vocals. “A Heart of Glass or A Heart of Stone” is a dubby mechanical techno stomper with sweeping effects, analog gurgles and retro synth sounds, changing again near the end in homage to everyone’s favourite east-end boys. The closing number - the EP’s namesake - is a frantic synth track with concealing layers of reverberation and delay, hopping along to a hint of classic house chords.
You can follow Tomas’s releases, performances and mixes through his riversof.com
website, because his prolifically varied output can be otherwise difficult to keep up with.