Deliverance by John Varuhin
Canadian John Varuhin returns once more to his CLYDE Records imprint with more of his sublime minimal techno.
"Deliverance" comes a year after the "Bunker EP" on the newly formed CLYDE imprint that picked up support from the likes of Laurent Garnier, Luke Slater, Danny Daze and finds the Vancouver based artist, John Varuhin in fine form. John is someone who likes to make field recordings, and in the studio has a groundbreaking sound that is clean and sharp in style with plenty of hi-fidelity details to make it all the more evocative.
Heady opener "Denial" is a haunting deep techno roller. It is stripped right back to a taut rubber kick, then an eerie piano motif is left to roll up top in absorbing fashion. It might be sparse, but it sure is impactful. The excellent "Wetware" is another vast and empty open space but for watery sounds, a grinning lead that sweeps across the track, and pinging kicks that make you move. Atmospheric minimal doesn't come much better.
The quality continues on "Accept Your Fate", a hard-hitting but just as deep and tense techno cut that locks you into a real state of hypnosis and has deft synth hooks keeping you there for the elongated duration. It is "Deliverance" that closes out with warm sub-bass down low, barely-there drums driving you along and spooky vocals, drips, and glitches detailing this most austere of grooves.
John Varuhin - Deliverance
Release Date October 2020
Label CLYDE Records
3. Accept Your Fate