Vancouver based producer Tomas Jirku has been creating innovative techno since the late nineties and first appeared on the NoType net-label in 1999. In 2000, he became the first Canadian signed to the seminal Force Inc Music Works label, and then its sub-label’s formative Clicks & Cuts compilation series, which didn’t just define a genre, but carved a niche for emerging producers. Jirku has continued a prolific music career appearing on such labels as Traum, Klang, Onitor, Alien8, Substractif, Revolver, Intr_version and more.
His latest release - Psilence - collects fragments of his various stylistic approaches and influences, and funnels them closer to the Detroit vibe he’s been secretly striving for all this time. The title track is an abstract house number with reverberating beats and warm dub-flecked pads that slowly evolve into a quirky techno track. Star Control goes sci-fi with classic synth sounds in the format of shifting electro-techno groover. Layers of floating atmospheric chords underlie a bounce that is bound to move you on the dance floor. Star Control’s dub version explores the dark matter hidden within the original, and fittingly incorporates samples from John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic ‘Dark Star’. Finally, for the DJ that doesn’t want to confuse his audience with disembodied voices, Star Control’s instrumental version excludes the movie samples for a stripped-down minimal, funky journey. If you think these Memorex recordings are good, you can hear Tomas Jirku perform them live at this year’s Mutek Festival in Montréal!
Canadian techno producer Tomas Jirku was launched into the spotlight after playing MUTEK back in 2000, so in some ways, this set brought Jirku full circle. Playing all new material at his performance, Jirku started off early on with a track from Psilence, his latest release on the basic_sounds netlabel. The set was incredibly varied in mood, starting with dub-laced techno and going on to poppier, vocal-based tracks including remixes of Vancouver artists Circlesquare and Longwalkshortdock, before taking the sound into an even darker place. Jirku played a polished and versatile set that seamlessly incorporated his slightly funked-up Detroit side, a subtle samba-like rhythm and even some tasteful ethereal vocals underneath lasers. Hard to pin down and just as hard to stay still to.