Premiere: Stephan Krus Returns With a Creative and Diverse Solo EP on DEAD CERT. Records

Author : Marco Sgalbazzini
November 21, 2019

Premiere: Stephan Krus Returns With a Creative and Diverse Solo EP on DEAD CERT. Records

DEAD CERT. Records is a label linked to the well-known website 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.

The tracks from recent EP’s like “Runaway Giant” EP on Decoy, “Horsehead” on Black & White, and “Diving Echoes” on Amazing Records, were played and appreciated by Dave Clarke, Ben Sims, Rebekah, Drumcomplex, Submerge and many more. His latest EP’s can be heard on on Jack! Who?’s DEAD CERT. Records, SK Black (includes the hypnotic remixes of XHEI and ViL), Naked Lunch, Vegim’s TMMR, DISTRICT4 (with two remixes for DJ Emerson) and SMR (with remixes from Israel Toledo & Lathan).
Stephan Krus’ sound includes not only years of experience as a DJ, but also 20 years as a techno lover and fan. His DJ sets are a mix of old-school rhythmic, distorted and industrial rhythms, hypnotic synths, and power-full kicks: a journey towards unexplored galaxies with an ever-turned look towards the farthest past.

Track Listing:

01. Cycloid
02. Horopter
03. Catenary
04. Isochrone

Stephan Krus’ Transcendental Curves is out now and available via Beatport

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