Based out of Chiba, Japan, DJ Nobu‘s record label Bitta is home to a wide variety of techno artists. Its recent release, Torn Relics by producer Refracted, is an EP that Nobu calls an “open-air techno masterpiece.”
Refracted’s penchant for deeply exploring the depths of techno is evident in Torn Relics, as each of the four tracks deliver a unique permutation of his sound. Beginning with the title track, listeners are treated to an atmospheric sound that gradually crackles to life with tinges of trance. Things take a turn with the sharper, more industrial hum of “Grind You Under” before sailing along to a more hypnotic techno sound in ‘The View From Cal Companyó.” Refracted ends the journey with “Down Under,” a moody, tribal-tinged exploration clocking in at around seven minutes.
Spanish producer Refracted has been actively producing techno since his 2012 EP, Quantum State. He’s worked with numerous record labels to release experimental techno, including five albums through his own Mind Express imprint, which he founded in 2015.
DJ Nobu has been a supporter of Refracted’s work, supporting his tracks at various times. “Refracted is a unique techno producer whose work I have been playing in my sets for a long time,” he’s said of the artist.