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Based out of their Brussels studio, Thierry Botteman and Pierre Dozin are Belgian techno duo, Prope. Both well-renowned producers in their own rights, Thierry spent the 90s working on multi-genres projects from Trip-Hop to Underground House and was a key component of the studio teams behind Royksopp and Groove Armada. Equally, Pierre gained his 15 years of studio experience starting out in Drum n Bass and working with Robert Glasper, John Paul Jones, Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt80, and labels such as Mute, Ninja Tune and Deutsche Grammophon.
They began working together some time ago, releasing their first track ‘ASMA’ on Mark Radford’s Audio Rehab label in May 2017. Garnering widespread DJ support, they are now signed to a bevy of labels and have begun their own imprint, OGASM. They’ve teamed up with the neo-classical ensemble, Echo Collective for their exciting new EP ‘Void’.
Neil Leiter and Margaret Hermant aka Echo Collective breath new life into a multitude of genres. The collective has gone on to collaborate with Johann Johansson, Stars Of the Lid and Erasure. Their association with nonclassical artists has certainly ruffled some feathers, take for instance their reinterpretations of Radiohead’s Amnesiac or their treatment of 80s Pop sensations Erasure’s latest album, World Be Gone. Pairing Prope and Echo Collective is surely a match made in heaven.
The ‘VOID’ EP features four tracks, two of which are collaborations. Opening with ‘Void’ the pairing of the duos is clear to see and a treat for the senses. Deeply emotive and wildly original, ‘Void’ sashays onto the floor and beguiles you with clever instrumentation and a solid percussive underbelly. ‘Backslider’ sees Prope power forward into more recognisable Techno waters. Never far from melody, it marries the orchestration of the likes of Booka Shade with the guttural energy of Adam Beyer. ‘Another Void’ sees Echo Collective take charge for a sonic journey of some merit. Powerful and understated. Rounding off the EP is the summery sounds of ‘Neve’. Decidedly lighter in tone than the rest, it is no less energetic and dance floor-ready.
The first original version of ‘Void’ will include a music video directed by the acclaimed Belgian producer Damien Chapelle, with a second longer version having a more Ambient/ Avant-Garde vibe.
Release Date: October 12th, 2018