With the presentation of his second full length album, 2014 is off to a great start for Radial a.k.a. Jeroen Liebregts from The Netherlands. With the massively supported Linea Recta EP on Bas Mooy's Mord label and his Caveman EP on his own label Audio Assault both in 2013, Radial made quite the comeback after a few quieter years and has now firmly set course for his future works. Taking full control and having complete artistic freedom with his newly founded label Radial Records he has made it possible to showcase the great diversity of music that has been coming from his studio on this album: Crux.
After Jeroen continued Radial as a solo project in 2009 he has taken the time to reconsider his approach to music and especially to the technology used to make it. This resulted in a completely redesigned studio, now consisting mainly of analog hardware a lot of which developed by himself and built with his own hands. This process and it's results has definitely been a huge factor in the coming together of this album and is one of the most important aspects that defines it's sound.
While still mainly dance floor orientated, this album covers some of the darkest but also the lightest corners of the artists musical interest. From the deep minimal atmospheres of Excavated and Cosmetics to the clubby feel of Fifth Wheel and the more industrial and noisy sound of Tunnels and Background. Karplus and Tipsy showcase some experiments in 'off the grid' analog sequencing with some very original and surprising results.
The three bonus tracks venture away from the genre of techno and show a side of Radial that we haven't seen before. Cooze Intro and Smoking Break are warm and melodic, easy going, laid back electronica tracks while Equation Outro shows the completely opposite approach, heavily processed, algorithmic computer music.
Crux is a refined contemporary techno album with some unexpected twists.
Supported by: Speedy J, Ben Sims, Luke Slater, Tommy Four Seven, Marcel Dettmann, Paco Osuna, Psyk, Developer, Echologist, Answer Code Request, Par Grindvik, Joseph Capriati, Agaric, The Advent, Peter van Hoesen, Anton Pieete. Ame, Slam, Kirk Degiorgio, Inigo Kennedy, Go Hiyama, Samulil Kemppi, Reeko, Jeroen Search, Paul Mac, Pfirter, Bas Mooy, Rebekah, Paula Temple, Joel Mull, Mattias Fridell, Dustin Zahn, Rob Hall, Sunil Sharpe, Paul Ritch, Kr!z, Joachim Spieth, Bart Skils, Markus Suckut, Woo York, Christian Wunsch, Sandrien and more…
released February 24, 2014
w&p by Jeroen Liebregts
2,6,11 co-production Maarten Hoogenboom
vinyl tracks mastered by Matt @ Alchemy Mastering
bonus tracks mastered by Chris @ Blacklisted Mastering