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05 July 2017

Uto Karem – Waking Up The Neighbours

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Italian producer Uto Karem is one of the world’s Techno elite. He has released EP’s on labels including Richie Hawtin’s Plus 8 Records, Christian Smith’s Tronic and Dubfire’s SCI+TEC, but most of his original music has been released via his own Agile Recordings.

Uto’s releases on Agile regularly have a great reception, often hitting the Top 10 Beatport Charts, and on many an occasion, also arriving at the coveted No. 1 spot. His avid following means Uto’s vinyl releases on Agile are also popular, with stock quick to sell out in most record stores.

Announcing his debut album in 2014, the last few years of Uto’s life have been a juggling act, balancing a busy touring schedule with label management and studio time.

Deciding to write an album came after years of releasing singles, remixes and EP’s, which although always true to Uto’s sound, at times took outside influence from hype and music trends of the moment.

The album is without restraint or outside influence, a project that takes exclusively from Uto’s core and the timeless music he has always held close to his heart.

Returning back to his early inspiration of bands like New Order, Depeche Mode and Soft Cell, he rediscovered the melodic synth lines that first drew him to discover Techno.

Going back to his roots, Uto spent hours working on synth lead melodies that although intricate, were also rhythmical and infectiously memorable. This often meant spending days, weeks and sometimes even months working on a single synth sound, which he would then build the rest of the track around.

The final output blends deep atmospherics with melodic notation, pulsating basslines and stripped back percussion.

Techno focused, the album’s energy makes it suited for a club environment, but to fully understand the intelligent use of melody and texture, requires headphones and home listening.

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