It’s been eight months since the debut release from German label Tape Archive produced by the elusive F.T.F. That release alone ensured the label was taken seriously from the get-go, so it’s no wonder that they’ve taken so long to release new material. This just proves to show how these guys are all about quality, not quantity.
Produced by another unknown artist by the name of Waitress, the A-side to COPY1 is the subtlest of builders. Its rumbling drums, persistent, overly-processed closed hi-hats and metallic pads that form the first half of this epic really help to create an atmosphere that the second half needs, to have the desired impact when a change comes.
At four minutes, Waitress introduces this flutey, floaty synth that is of the utmost simplicity; so much so that, bearing in mind its relatively static backing track, it’s difficult to comprehend how and why it sounds so fantastic. Much how ‘Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!!‘ or ‘Glock & Roll‘ offers a melodious reprieve from a driving techno set, like the sunlight piercing through a thick fog, ‘A1’ triumphs in merging these two different acts into one glorious curtain-raiser.
Waitress – Copy1 is out 4th March on Tape Archive – pre-order from Juno.