Cisco Ferreira, better known as The Advent has been a big player in the techno scene for over a decade, both as a prolific DJ and producer and owner of the long standing label, Kombination Research. When an artist of the calibre of The Advent notices your work, you know you’re doing pretty well for yourself, and this is exactly what happened with Portugese producer Industrialyzer. This is how, in 2008, the formidable duo birthed The Advent & Industrialyzer, their collaborative production effort that have become two names you’ve no doubt seen together if you pay any attention at all to the techno scene.
I enjoy The Advent & Industrialyzer productions not only because the quality of each release is so high, but because each track is so greatly varied and unique. One track might sound like a throwback to the days when techno was heavily percussive and reliant on big rides, cymbals and hi-hats – such as F Da Switch -, whereas another track may be more modern, minimal, techy, and extremely groovy like Terra Nosa.
They are particular skilled at creating interesting intros that feature unique loops based on odd sounding samples or a strange riff, and when the kick and percussion slot into place, it fits perfectly. A great example of this is in their remix of Tom Hades – Amphoras, a very laid back, progressive sounding track that’s one of my personal favourites.
Though their collaborations are outstanding, they each have their own solo productions as well. Though The Advent has years of experience under his belt, it looks like he mostly sticks to collaborations and remixes these days. His latest solo EP was released late last year on H-Productions, with all 3 productions slowed down and more tech focused than his previous works.
Industrialyzer’s newest EP 60.000 Miles is one of my favourite techno releases this year, featuring 3 distinctly different bangers. The title track, 60.000 Miles is throbbing, hypnotic bass-heavy affair that I can’t get enough of, and the other two tracks Endless Use and Bring It Back are just as good, though very different, which typical of Industrialyzer’s style. The official video for the track is below, and it’s just as strange as you’d expect for an Industrialyzer track.Please enter the url to a YouTube video.
And as the usual bonus, here’s an awesome mix from their 2010 set at the famous Awakenings techno festival that happens over in the Netherlands every year. I was unable to find a tracklist unfortunately.