DVS1 has delivered a fitting addition to the discography of Axis Records, the record label owned by Jeff Mills. Beta Sensory Motor Rhythm – which comprises eight cerebral techno cuts – released on December 1st.
The range of sound explored by DVS1 (real name Zak Khutoretski) throughout the album touches on eclectic influences while still making a singular sonic statement. “Alpha-Theta” opens Beta Sensory Motor Rhythm with tranquil ambient textures before percussive elements foretell of what the rest of the album holds in store. “Drifting” and “Transient Response” each offer suspenseful disharmonies as their centerpiece, whereas tracks like “Delta Wave,” “The Five Aggregates” and “Solfäge’s Framework” are largely defined by dubby, meditative drone.
If the titles weren’t a clear enough indicator, Beta Sensory Motor Rhythm derives conceptual influence from sleep state sensorimotor activity. “From the perceiving body to the liminal space of the dream-state, audible frequencies send a neurofeedback message,” reads an album description on the Axis Records website. “A paradigm-shift is activated in the mind. A movement from the present hour toward the realm beyond measure.”
A Russian-born immigrant, Khutoretski began his electronic music career in Minneapolis in the early ’90s. In addition to running a 4,000-square-foot warehouse venue where he hosts his Future Classic event series (COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding), he’s the brainchild behind the Wall Of Sound events in which DJs perform in a darkened booth while the sound system takes center stage. His last release was the six-track Hush 20 which came out via his own label, HUSH, in 2017.
Beta Sensory Motor Rhythm by DVS1 is available in digital format via the Axis Records website.