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Butane Becoming

  • Words: Praxis
  • Label: Alphahouse
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Renowned as the mastermind of the after-hours techno form, St. Louis native Butane cements his next place in dance music evolution with this minimal milestone. Taking a break from the busy studio life and moving his base to Berlin, Butane has gained new perspectives on his production after a six-month sabbatical. Keeping things dark and vibrant, the tracks here tell a melancholy tale laced with shimmering cymbals, cavernous bass bits, and haunting pads. Each track, from “Hallucinate” to “Wanderer,” reveals a bit of the late-night puzzle picture, containing heavily mixed and tweaked low-end grooves, completed with just a bit of simple, loopy drum work. Great for the ride home after an all-night crippler, these soothing yet tweaky mixes with make your head ring.

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