T#16 by Laiva

Wavereform continues to shape out its identity as a guiding light for cutting edge techno coming from less explored corners of Europe. The Berlin-based label returns with a powerful single from Finnish newcomer Laiva.

T#16 by Laiva Photo by Wavereform

Hailing from the Eastern town of Kuhmo, Laiva was inspired to start producing his own music after Finland’s leading alternative radio station Mafia ceased broadcasting in 2003. After spending years refining his craft, Wavereform proudly presents the first evidence of this thrilling new entity on the Scandinavian electronic music scene. The EP begins with the immersive, heavyweight techno pulse of “T#16”.

With the constant cycle of metallic, resonant tones and echo chamber percussion, this is the true definition of wormhole techno, perfectly crafted to drive your consciousness into submission. An eerie pad cuts through this dense and disorientating atmosphere while the layers of rhythm continue to build in a concoction purpose built for large, dark, cavernous spaces.

By comparison, “T#14” is a more measured affair that reveals its elements with patience. The sounds present in the mix still hit with a great weight, from the booming kick drum to the menacing prowl of the bass synth, but once again a dub sensibility lends a psychedelic edge to the track. The intensity ramps up as strafing clap sounds fire across the stereo range, the delay feedback rises and once again a moment of head-down eyes-closed dancefloor reverie is captured perfectly.

After delivering the Effe EP to Wavereform at the start of 2015, Qindek returns to remix “T#14”, turning the noise levels up with a heavy, carefully distorted version that edges just the right amount of new detail into the mix without losing the essence of the original. The tripped-out textures remain, but the drums hit with a savage force that should satisfy those craving a true hard techno experience.

Laiva - T#16
Release date 1st September 2015
Label Wavereform

1. Laiva - T#16
2. Laiva - T#14
3. Laiva - T#14 (Qindek Remix)

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