Bolshy beats from one of Ilian Tape’s finest.
Stenny was a crucial component of Ilian Tape’s transformation into one of the defining labels of the 2010s. Ironically for the Munich crew, it was two Turin producers—Stenny and Andrea—who helped blow the doors open for the imprint in 2013 with the Vostok Smokescreen split, while Stenny’s own debut solo EP, Solstice Deity, reinforced the label’s emerging sound: widely reverberating kicks and carefully degraded percussion, tuned to evoke the proverbial warehouse, and animated by an increasingly slippery approach to rhythm.
Among the Shed-school techno boomers, elements of breaks, electro and 2-step emerged in Stenny’s work as the decade progressed, culminating in last year’s Upsurge LP. That one confirmed what his more experimental productions suggested: his fluency with texture, arrangement and rhythm are sensitive enough to build a fully-fledged narrative. Like Ilian Tape’s other leading lights, Stenny best showed his potential after escaping the constraints of the DJ 12-inch format.
The feeling of a voice unconstrained shines through in RA.717. Stenny’s mongrel production style is brought to life here by blends between aquaplaning techno, half-time dubstep mutants and bolshy, rude boy blowouts, balancing careful mixing with a carefree approach to genre.
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Stenny - ‘Upsurge’ is out now via Ilian Tape.