Saytek – Compulsive Behavior EP
Saytek (Joseph Keevill) offers an intense techno experience on his Compulsive Behaviour EP, out yesterday.
The EP opens with the Detroit intensity of Unfold. A very Soma kind of track, albeit that the EP’s on Motech. Very dancefloor. This intensity backs off a little on Transferring, which offers more melody in the heavy shuffle. Back To The Roots heads off to Chicago, with a little vocal sample and a bit of piano. The warped piano is great, the over use of the sample is less welcome. Ends up like the baaing of sheep. The EP closes with Compulsive Behavior (sic). A magisterial close. Epic synths, classic wandering bass and solid beats make for an epochal experience.
Blurb: Motech Records are proud to announce that one of the UK’s most exciting acts, Saytek makes his debut for the label with ‘Compulsive Behavior EP’ in November. Saytek (Joseph Keevill) has already built a reputation for innovative, improvised hardware heavy live sets that span the house and techno spectrum and is widely regarded as one of the nation’s best live performers. Mainly influenced by Detroit and Chicago, being London-based there’s also a distinctly British flavour that permeates throughout his music. On top of his regular flow of singles and EPs, Saytek’s series of live albums, initially released via Zoo’s own label and his own Cubism imprint have further bolstered his reputation for innovative projects with his most recent of these, ‘Machine Jams’ dropping in August.
For his inaugural Motech release, Saytek delivers a snapshot of what makes him so admired as an artist. Over the EP’s 4 tracks he utilises vibrant grooves, intense beats and selective vocal samples. From ‘Unfold’ which opens the showcase with some deeper than deep techno tones to the appealing shuffle of ‘Transferring’ and ‘Back To The Roots’ which keep the grooves alive with a Chicago flavour before the sweeping and melodic ‘Compulsive Behavior’, it’s clear that Saytek has found a like-minded home from home on this Detroit label.