Artist: Psyk
Title: First Contact EP
Label: Fuse Music
Cat. No.: FUS001
Distributed by: Muting the Noise
Release date: October 7th 2016

After decades at the forefront of electronic music in Belgium, Fuse is proud to launch its in-house label as a tribute to both the spirit at the heart of the club and the thrilling developments in modern techno. From local, Brussels-based talent to artists with a close connection to the club, the Fuse label will provide a rich spread of material revolving around but not limited to techno, with a love of the finest club music at the heart of every signing.

The label commences operations with a four-track EP from Spanish producer Psyk, who has a long history of playing at Fuse. Having worked closely with labels such as Mote-Evolver and Tresor as well as releasing on his own Non Series, his rise on the international techno circuit has been hard to ignore. As comfortable exploring ambient space as working with tightly wound percussion, Psyk has been able to mark himself out as a unique force through his adventurous yet physical sound.

The EP begins with an eerie excursion into beatless sound design appropriately entitled “First Contact”, where nervous bleeps meet with off-key string tones that call to mind uneasy sci-fi soundtracks. “Tension” then follows with an equally edgy line in synths, but this time they circle above a sturdy undercurrent of rhythm that demonstrates the perfect balance between impact and restraint.

“Odio” commences the B-side with an appropriately disorientating atmosphere where tones pulse and vibrate at curious angles, rising in intensity and weirdness while the beats provide a steady anchor. Then “Stroke” moves in to finish the EP off with a dark, addictive combination of cyclical synths and straight-ahead drums pitched right at the heart of the night.

This is a bold record from Psyk that sets out the mission for Fuse as a label perfectly, avoiding generic techno moves to say something truly original while still presenting a sound built for the club.