7073 marks both the return of Dustmite’s own brand of heady techno, and the launch of his new vinyl-based label-come-interactive-platform, Supervoid Records. Behind the debut release is an interesting concept; utilising his vast experience as a video game programmer, the Brooklyn-based producer has set out to create a multi-level sensory experience, giving the listener access to additional content online through the scanning of a QR code unique to each physical release.
Having played and frequented numerous underground parties over many years across the U.S., Dustmite is well versed in creating immersive club tracks, whether that be the D’n’B flecked techno of ‘Bare’ (as featured on Photek’s DJ Kicks), or the industrial sounds of ‘7073’, as played in both Markus Suckut’s Resident Advisor podcast (RA.513) and Ben Sims’ radio show on NTS, “Run It Red”.
This EP is fairly diverse in nature and execution: ‘Advanced Persistent Threat’ and ‘Lightwall’ present hurried and complex techno – unfortunately just falling short of any real oomph, especially when heard in the context of some of the aforementioned mixes. Contrary to this, ‘7073’ is altogether more stripped back; an uncompromising warehouse techno affair that positions a hypnotic, rumbling bass tone at the forefront of the track, immediately transporting the listener to a dark, industrial yard. Dustmite’s 7073 has indeed offered up some great club techno with well crafted soundscapes that provide intensity and atmosphere. However, the assembly of further elements into each piece generally detracts from this initial appeal, failing to keep the listener locked into the dance for the whole duration of each track.
Techno has long since been interconnected with technology and sci-fi, and Dustmite now appears to be exploring his own creative path within this realm by merging music production and videography in the form of Supervoid Records. The marrying of the two will no doubt enhance the music itself, and I anticipate this idea will gather strength with each new release. 7073 has laid the foundation for what ought to be an interesting journey for both the listener and Dustmite in the coming years.