Roche has been on our radar for awhile. He first caught our attention with a slew of great live performances in the Bay Area, sets of homemade hypnotic dancefloor fillers voiced by tables full of dusty, well-worn machines. As time passed he has amassed a resume of solid releases on quality labels, such as Mathematics, Icee Hot and 100% Silk (in 2012, 2014 and 2015).
His releases have always have been critically well-received, garnering extensive coverage in places like XLR8R, and positive reviews in Resident Advisor (Dawn of the Next Cycle - 100% Silk: 3.5, Auragon - Mathematics: 3.0). His release with us on Jacktone solidifies that he’s at the top of his game, crafting absorbing sun-kissed leftfield house/techno that gets inside your head with its beautiful hazy melodies, supported by creative and layered drum programming. A deep haze of hardware/digi psychedelia glues the project together, pressing the listener to play the tracks one more time.
SF Weekly on AXT, Apr 2016: "The A-side opens with "Circadian Rhythm," which pairs a pulsing, bassy synthesizer lead with a brilliantly insistent percussion sample. "Congé," the next track, is the record's psychedelic opus, featuring a modulating, filtered synth that reminds me of something you might have heard on a FAX Records 12" from 1992."
Resident Advisor on Dawn of the Next Cycle, 100% Silk, 2015 “[Roche] weaves the cornucopia of reference points into his tactile, cut-and-dry production approach. Dawn Of The Next Cycle may move through a variety of dance floor ideas, but they all share a common taste for warm melody and fluid rhythm.”
A1: Circadian Rhythm: The record starts with a slippery groove through textures and tones, more on the hazy side, however the driving percussion suggests it is ready for an adventurous dance floor, either warming things up early on or taking them to the next realm deep into the night.
A2: Congé: A fine example of Roche's penchant for extended hardware headtrips. Filters and distortion with beautiful melodies slipping in and out of the mist as they refract and decay over this beautiful and expansive track.
B1: AXT: Finds Roche exploring a different pace than usual in this meditative 9-minute other-worldly synth mantra, taking it's time to beautifully flow through space and time.
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