DEAD CERT. Records is a label linked to the well-known website deathtechno.com ran by Jack! Who? in the UK. A diverse palette has seen the previous releases feature music from artists including Audio Injection /Truncate, Paul Mac, TWR72, Echoplex, and Petter B to name but a few.
Following his spectacular Black Mail XIII collaboration called Obelisk, Stephan Krus returns with a creative and diverse solo EP called Transcendental Curves. Proving his production quality once again, he also has appearances on labels like Decoy, Naked Lunch, and SK Black.
“Cycloid” begins with a sense of drama and deep cerebral aesthetic, before the pulsing, hypnotic acid bursts through and it really picks up power and attitude.
Track two “Horopter” has an altogether straight and rolling groove of delayed sounds and a cavernous feel. Later getting into a riff of abstract metallic tones, this has a juxtaposition of serious vibe and jovial mood that is a real weapon.
Third on offer here is “Catenary” that completely switches up the style, bringing a freshness to the fray. Combining angular licks and rough industrial textures, it’s also laced with a gritty and dirty analogue funk.
To close the EP is “Isochrone” that skilfully harnesses a stuttering melody and plucking sonics with masterful precision. Brooding and tough, additional layers of sonic grunge raise it to intense heights of mind-twisting goodness.
Born in Zurich and grown up in Italy, Stephan took his first steps into the techno world in the late ’90s, taking inspiration from his idols Jeff Mills and Dave Clarke. His first appearances behind the console began from a young age and due to his talent, he very quickly became a resident in some historic places in his province (Vicenza). His artistic career achieved his first major achievements in 2001 when he debuted with his first Zool EP vinyl on Underground Media Records by Mauro Picotto and landed at the legendary Italian techno club Matrix in Brescia, where he has been regular resident for five years.
Since 2005, Stephan has continued his musical growth by playing in some of the best Italian techno clubs and festivals such as Nature Beat Festival, Shame Clubbing, Ex Dogana, The Room, Amnesia, Mantra, Electrique, Il Muretto, Alterego, Bolgia, Sonica Dance Festival, Mood Boom Festival. He also includes countries such as Poland, Netherlands, Croatia, Spain, Germany, Slovenia, Austria, Slovakia, Switzerland and Malta, as well as clubs like Sfinks700, MTW, Sub Club, Depo Klub, Bollwerk, Sugar Factory, Space Monki, Trax Club.
Since 2013, he has been resident at HYPER’s events in Italy (near Venice), which became the stage for international techno legends such as Dave Clarke, Speedy J, Ben Sims, Oscar Mulero, Surgeon, Slam, and many, many more.