Over the years, the sonic world of Heist Recordings has grown into a place where energetic house, live instruments and worldly electronics move together in the most natural way. Their next release, the ‘Exposures EP’ by Teleseen, fits perfectly into this aesthetic. Teleseen is the main project of nomadic DJ, producer and multi- instrumentalist Gabriel Cyr and draws influence from deep house, afro house, samba, batacuda as well as the experimentalism and sound system cultures of his home town NYC. His sound leans heavily on polyrhythmic programming and he’s nothing short of a synth wizard. His ‘Exposures EP’ features 3 originals, and a remix by Berlin based Italian house guru Black Loops.
The record features a number of collaborators and recordings of various instruments, ranging from percussive sections to synths and guitar. This live approach
to electronic music is one that is deeply rooted into Gabriel’s work. His upcoming release on Soundway as ‘Thaba’ is another good example of this approach
and also shows how diverse his sounds really is.
The title track is a thrilling synth affair with tribal-like chants running through a vocoder. The combination of handclaps, crunchy synths and steady drums make for a thrilling afro house track that hints towards early motor city electronics.
Black Loops is known for his deep grooves and built his fame with his releases on Freerange, Pets and Shall not Fade. His take on ‘Exposures’ sees him upping the tempo to a pacey 130 bpm, where an introvert vibe of reverbed hits and bleeps take you into full dream mode. He expertly chops up the original into a contemporary track that fits somewhere between high tempo tech-house and minimalistic deephouse.
On the flip we get to hear more of the sonic world Teleseen has to offer. ‘Dekalb’ is a track that seems impossible to box into a genre. Its mood is set by a lovely section of free-flowing Rhodes chords and the chopped vocals and open synth- bass give the track a whole new feel. It is that ballsy electronic edge combined with dreamy textures and live rhythms that give ‘Dekalb’ its unique vibe.
The final track of the EP –‘Transfer’- takes us down to a mid-tempo percussive workout with a balearic twist. The steady electronic groove and the free flowing guitar take you to yet another corner of Teleseen’s beautifully crafted universe.
You can now listen to the full premiere of Black Loops’ remix exclusively on When We Dip. Enjoy!