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Five Essentials: Wouter de Moor

Five Essentials: Wouter de Moor
Alex Rennie

Wouter de Moor’s straightforward approach to production is mirrored in the strength of the music he’s been putting out of late. Hailing from Amsterdam, de Moor honed his craft as a mentee to the city’s infamous techno prodigy Steve Rachmad, a producer & DJ more than familiar with what it takes to play a set that throbs from start to finish. With a self professed honesty when it comes to making tunes, Wouter owns a unique sound that merges thundering progressive techno with the deeper elements of house, which he pulls off with ease.

With machinations already out on Poker Flat, Get Physical and Rejected, Wouter’s forthcoming Brain Fog EP on Josh Wink’s Ovum is exactly the sort of belter you’d expect from the Philadelphia based imprint. It’s five tracks of techno primed for peak time club play, fusing acidy hooks, thudding beats and whipping snares, all held together by a minimalism that’s dizzyingly immersive. It’s some of Ovum’s strongest material for some time and puts de Moor on a fastrack to a similar stature of label cohorts Marc Romboy, MANIK and Xpansul. So, coinciding with the record’s arrival, we caught up with Wouter himself to give us five glimpses of his favourite musical fancies, enjoy!

Qindek – Effe
“I love dubby tracks, especially this one… The talented Dutchman made such a well-produced trip. Darko Esser discovered Qindek two years ago and they did a quality release on Wolfskuil Records. I’m curious what he’s cooking up at the moment.”

Planetary Assault System – The Eyes Themselves
“After his MEGA BOMB “Future Modular” on his own label Mote Evolver, Luke Slater gives us another deep and trippy techno cut. The ongoing heavily modulated lead is just right and somehow isn’t too much. If you know what I’m saying?”

Efde – Move On
“This track is just released on the Amsterdam based label Soweso (Kabale Und Liebe & Lauhaus). Efde shows he’s serious with this EP. “Move On” captures the oldskool house vibe that I love. All tracks sound really good! Check them out!”

Tons Of Tons – Pique Nique
“Tons Of Tons is one of the many aliases under which Steve Rachmad (better know as STERAC) has been releasing his music. As for many artists, Steve’s a big inspiration for me with his approach to the craft. This track has been re-released after it saw the light back in 1997 on the “Platinum” album. Still sounds fresh as ever.”

Wouter de Moor – Brain Fog
“Shameless self promotion… This is the first track I made without a kick drum. I’m addicted to 4 on the floor, but it takes so much space in the groove, so sometimes it’s great to step out of it and break your grooves.“

Brain Fog is out now on Ovum Recordings.