Now that we are firmly underway into our second year, it's time to celebrate Second State's family vibes as we bring you the sophomore instalment of our annual HUB release. This year we have Clint Stewart taking the helm and over the course of four collaborative tracks with The Reason Y, Michael Klein, Stephan Hinz and of course Pan-Pot, the American displays his prowess for creating powerful, emotive dance floor cuts. Kicking things off in grand fashion, the EP starts with the alliance of Clint and the boss men Pan-Pot on a massive tune entitled Zau featuring the insanely talented Portuguese percussionist, Peter Xoben, and the inimitable artist Luio Onassis who graced us with his signature artwork for this release. After a chance encounter in Berlin a year ago, Clint met up with Peter and Luio for an impromptu recording session that would later go on to become Zau! after Pan-Pot heard an early working session. With rapid fire blasts of Peter Xoben's drums laid over a captivating groove, the track grows with intensity as deep sonic blasts of low end rumbles and sharp rhythmic hooks engross the aural space. Soon, wildly unforgettable bursts of neural jabs begin to play a game of call and response with the existing elements as lush, rising pads install a relentless tension of ecstatic proportions to absolutely demolish any dance floor scenario. Following up Zau! is Clint and Stephan Hinz who after last year's hugely successful HUB collaboration Shimmer are back with another incredibly heady tune, aptly titled Fall To Earth. Spanning spaces somewhere between deep, euphoric and driving the guys deliver an exquisite nail biter, testing patience only to deliver a huge pay off of lush strings, melodic bass lines and stirring melodies carried by a heaving groove perfect for those intimate moments. Embarking into the second half of the release we see Clint team up with Michael Klein to drop what could be the heaviest and most psychedelic tune of the release. Artifacts is a white knuckle ride from beginning to end. Fast paced, swirling arps, unrelenting percussive builds, malevolent jabs and truly hefty roars of bass set the stage for what can only be described as a Draconian opus of epic breath transcending time and space. Wrapping up the collaborative release is Clint's pairing with Berlin duo The Reason Y for an uplifting ride on Aubade Flares. Persistent and unyielding grooves lay the foundation as abrasive yet opulent tones partner with rich low end which continually grow before rising to a fever pitch. As the vitality gets to be almost unbearable, a wash of dreamy, intoxicated strings bring it all together into a grandiose symphony of gorgeous harmonics. As heard over the course of these four collaborative HUB tracks, the comradery of the Second State crew is organically becoming more and more solidified and that was always the plan, yet it has past all our original expectations, and we think you will agree. We hope you enjoy Clint's interpretation of our unique HUB series.
Release Date: 26th September
We have reached out beyond our core artist roster for the first time and enlisted the talents of the one and only Roman Lindau of the infamous Fachwerk label. In just five tracks, Roman takes us on a ride through a multitude of sounds and emotions from deep too heavy to whimsical and back again.
'With My Hands' opens things up with grinding percussion and a massive call and response of warm industrial synths while a soulful vocal teases and shimmers of resonant acid add a dash of attitude perfect for picking up the pace and burning a hole in the dance floor.
The title track 'Strange Brew' is up next and it combines chugging organic percussion with classic Detroit house stabs creating an ideal balance between peak time mayhem and the deeper side of things. Picking up the pace, Lindau delivers a burner titled 'Move' with rapid fire percussion, vintage acid lines and a super slick vocal hook that is ready to start a fire any time it gets dropped. 'After Dark' follows up and it might possibly be the biggest and baddest tune of the bunch.
Huge melodic stabs and rising strings keep the pressure building while speedy percussion fuels a feverish endeavour.
Last not least rounding out the EP with the digital bonus track 'Stab Incision': a trip into 'Dub' territory with a classic palette of atmospherics versus fierce, modern drums ripe for late nights and early mornings. Over all Roman Lindau's debut on Second State is an impeccable display of his range and talent and we couldn't be happier to have him on board. Welcome Roman!
a1. With My Hands
a2. Strange Brew
b2. After Dark