After more than two decades in techno, Minneapolis DJ and producer Dustin Zahn has few milestones left to pass. Until now, a release on Ruskin‘s Bluprint Records remained on the list. The four-track Hand Over Control [BP061] releases in digital format September 3rd with a vinyl release to follow on the 17th.
The A side of the EP consists of the title track and “Riskin Tides,” both straightforward hypnotic cuts heavy on atmospheres. On the flip, the aptly titled “Studio 5/4” wanders off the beaten path with a novel time signature and abrasive polyrhythm in contrast to the relatively melodic “Wet Hot Heat.” As a whole, Hand Over Control offers functional techno that takes just enough creative risks to hold the attention of the discerning appreciator.
A staple of Minneapolis techno since 1998, Dustin Zahn has steadily emerged alongside DVS1 as one of the city’s chief electronic music exports. His releases have found their way not only to venerated imprints such as Droid Recordings, Rekids and Audio Assault, but more commercially accessible labels like Suara and Drumcode. Zahn’s own Enemy Records, launched in 2004, has also given a home to music by the likes of Decimal, Truncate and Minilogue.
In the weeks leading up to its release, preorder for Dustin Zahn’s Hand Over Control will be available via Blueprint Records Bandcamp.