Montreal’s new master of minimal techno, Johnny Trika, has been called the “French Dubfire,” a label that fits like a glove since the 22-year-old joined Dubfire’s SCI+TEC label in 2014. Following up last October’s debut EP, Main Squeeze, is the dark and brooding three-track Punk Fools EP, and LessThan3 has the exclusive premiere of the entire thing.
Opening the action is the title track, a snaking, high-energy number that will make Richie Hawtin fanboys everywhere weak in the knees as it’s got the perfect vibe and “oomph” to send any underground party into that next level. Juicy James continues the murderous minimal madness with a hypnotizing trek featuring oodles of bounce. Closing out the EP is Dark Matter, a slightly more reserved but undeniably atmospheric track. It’s still a driving little tune, but the wind-like howls and glittering synths make for a very unique audial experience. Techno lovers, you need this EP.
Pick up the Punk Fools EP June 4 on Beatport.