24th September 2012
The Advent & Cari Lekebusch
The Advent & Jason Fernandes
The Advent & Industrialyzer
[feat. Paris Da Black Fu]
H-Productions have been releasing their distinctive brand of ever-so-slightly left-of-centre Techno since 1994, however 2011 saw the beginning of a new way of working for Cari Lekebusch’s imprint. Motivated by the dual inspirations of the label’s original name – Hybrid Productions – and the brands long legacy within Techno, a concept was born which brought together a select group of artists whose musical style complimented one another and whose heritage matched that of the label. This deliberate hoarding and nurturing of creative forces within a group dynamic has breathed new life into the label, the highlight of which is a series of studio albums from Tony Rohr (Feb 2011), Cari Lekebusch (May 2012), The Advent (Sep 2012) and Alexi Delano (Nov 2012).
The Advent, originally formed in 1993, is widely regarded as a pioneer in the Techno scene. Originally a duo consisting of Cisco Ferreira and Colin ‘Mr G’ McBean, they made a release debut in 1995 with their ‚Elements Of Life’ album on Internal Records – a subsidiary label of the leading UK Dance Music imprint, FFRR, that at the time was home to acts such as Orbital, Genaside II, Zero B and Rob Acid – The Advent (now as Ferreira alone) has been an ever present ever since; pushing an assault on conventional music via trademark hard line Funk Techno and upbeat Electro that flows from an amalgamation of influences across the spectrum from hip-hop to house. Attracting on the way the ears of labels including International Deejay Gigolo Records, Tresor and Drumcode over the last twenty years. Now add Cari Lekebusch’s H-Productions label.
Despite The Advent and Cari Lekebusch being two of the most enduring names in techno, the release of ‘Sonic Intervention’ is the most high profile product to date of a working relationship that has that has spanned almost the entire history of techno.
Something of a landmark for all concerned; not only is it the first full-length album from The Advent since 2005’s T.R.I.N.I.T.Y long player for Berlin’s Tresor Records but for H-Productions and its founder, the project is the highlight thus far of the labels resurgent release schedule. As Lekebusch commented, “to have known and respected Cisco and his music or so long it was of course a great moment to get to release this album. The blend of old and new styles with high caliber The Advent production has created a strong album with depth and variety that I think new and old fans alike will really enjoy”.
Opening with the Vangelis inspired ‘Present Voyage’ then weaving a path through gritty throbbing bass, exemplified by ‘Arrival’ and on to minimized funk of ‘Disco Diva’ and ‘Need House’, ‘Sonic Intervention’ progresses naturally on through the swirling tension of ‘Get Up’ and crescendos with the combination of floor-burner ‘NZT’ and the old-school Electro stomping ‘Electric Pandemic’; featuring the vocals of Detroit Grand Puba’s Paris Du Black Fu. When quizzed on his motivations behind his latest studio album, The Advent stated “I wanted to do something quite personal for this first album and delve a little bit into the past to get inspiration from my influences… to make an album that reflected all the musical genres I have been inspired by over the years – electro, electronica, tech house – not just the techno tracks”. Future music from a past master, made for the here and now.