The latest from the illustrious New York City imprint Biatch Corp comes courtesy of well-known Manchester producer James Kumo. Kumo, hot of his single I" Understand" for Dan Curtin's Metamorphic label, gets deep on the Stagger EP with three provocative originals in his distinctive shuffling percussion style.
Rounding out the collection are two superb remixes of the title track from Brendon Moeller and Paul EG respectively.
Stagger - Minimal but melodic, deep space pads, and innovative percussion work. This track is emotional and made for the late night dance floor where listeners can really feel the subtle elements of Kumo's techno.
Raindrops - The natural elements are front and center on this pumping tech-house jam. This track sounds more like a rainstorm than just mere drops but it pulses and flows just like a refreshing afternoon shower.
Last Man Standing - The track evokes the organic sounds of wind and rain with hazy washes of ambiance from analog synths projecting just the scants of melodies. The bass line carries the weight on this ethereal concoction with just enough of a pulse to move things along but subdued like everything else.
Stagger (Brendon Moeller Remix) - Dub techno specialist changes gears for a peppy redo of Stagger the brings the summer dance floor heat. Still adhering to the minimal restraint of the original, Moeller uses it as a jumping off point to all places relentless techno resides.
Stagger (Paul Eg Remix) - Brazilian/Swiss artist Paul Eg brings his signature deep tech-house sound touch to this rework of Stagger. The result is dubby, head-nodding remix that moves away from the reductive approach of the original for something warmer.