Reeko (real name Juan Rico Serrano Avecilla) has put forth his second effort for the label Ownlife. His three-track dark techno EP Crystal Clear was released in January 2022 with digital download available through Bandcamp. Hard copy vinyl is already sold out, and it’s understandable why.
Lead track “Reach a Climax” does just that. It features a dark, syncopated beat with an atmospheric backdrop and humming alarm call to the dance floor. “Weak Spots” pulses forward, squishing the rhythm through the peak-time soundscape. Coming from the depths of the underground is “Cleverest Demon,” evoking a damp, cave-like vibe.
Album artwork from Reeko borders on the semi-creepy. Crystal Clear features a peeled-open eyeball superimposed with crystalline shapes obscuring deep scratches. It’s an appropriate visual that complements the track collection.