This week’s podcast is all about modern techno at its deepest and rawest. Amongst the heavy hitters in the field of tense beats of massive persuasion, Truncate is in my opinion one of the most talented and grossly under-rated producers. Few others in the game have the same effect on me, from what I’ve experienced in the several marathon sets from the most hyped-up techno DJs in the last couple of years.
David Flores is the man behind this project. He is from South California and affiliated with LA techno insurgents Droid Behavior. A producer for about a decade, there’s chances you’ve encountered his work as Audio Injection which can be described synth-laden minimal techno of surgical precision. The birth of his Truncate project is somewhat of a happy accident. ‘Truncate started with the idea of just making stripped DJ tool tracks, keeping it simple, deep and raw’ explains Flores. ‘It wasn’t really planned out’ he adds. ‘I just started messing around in the studio creating these simple grooves and I passed the tracks around to DJ friends and they were playing them out at gigs and were working well on the dancefloor, so I decided to just put them out and see what happens. I never thought Truncate would get this much attention but I’m very happy it did’.
Why his tracks have caught the attention of so many of his peers is no mystery. Truncate beats are rough and tough, rawer than the rawest steak tartare if you catch my drift. Stripped-down to the bone, rife with tense build-ups that are disconcertingly simple and even more effective on the floor, they remind me of DBX’s finest, with an energy and an overall darkness that is just monstrous. In terms of production and sound design, it’s yet another case in point that with techno, less is more. Flores offers some clarification: ‘when I write the Truncate stuff, I don’t limit myself with certain tools, but I just limit the sounds I use in the track, as I want to keep it stripped down and simple. I want to keep the tracks very DJ friendly’.
Only a few releases on Truncate’s own label and the producer has already received support from the big names in the game, but more importantly he’s been received the ultimate techno recognition by performing at the world (in)famous Berghain in Berlin. He last played there in March 2012, and this week’s podcast is a live recording of his DJ set. It’s a perfect introduction to Truncate’s universe, with many of his strongest tracks in the set. Now that you’ve been warned, brace yourselves for the sonic assault you are about to experience, and prepare mentally for the soul rape that will ensue.