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DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Night Gallery (Review)

DJ Spider and his Plan B imprint represent the rougher edge of East Coast techno and house, and his subsidiary label, Sublevel Sounds, isn’t any different. Here, he teams up with Phil Moffa for an EP of typically vicious club music.

Spider’s work often sounds like chewed-up house, but his solo turn, “Frequency Pollution,” has more of an antiseptic sheen. That polish is about the only friendly thing about it—the song sounds like SND played on sticks instead of chiselled waveforms. Melody is only implied in the faded framework of the track’s scraping chords. The first collaboration with Moffa, “Oracle Octaves,” takes those same sounds and liberally applies delay effects for added flavour. When a hi-hat locks the victorious-sounding chord progression in place, it begins to feel like a completely different EP, strutting its wares with pride.

Moffa gets his own solo spotlight: “Midnight Never Ends” is another delay-heavy boomer, one that treads between dub techno and deep house in the same way as Levon Vincent. Unlike him, there’s no subtlety here—the bombardment of harshly-panned snares is like a cluster bomb. The duo ends the EP with a respite, at least in this context. Comforting reverb and gentle percussion define “Golden Dawn,” until it turns into a Steve Reich nightmare, with 100 organs all playing discordantly at once. It’s a jarring end to an EP whose hostile production choices are more masochistically satisfying than they are alienating.

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Andrew RycePublished /
Thu, 14 February 2013

Tracklist: DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Night Gallery
A1 DJ Spider – Frequency Pollution
A2 DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Oracle Octaves
B1 Phil Moffa – Midnight Never Ends
B2 DJ Spider & Phil Moffa – Golden Dawn

Night Gallery EP

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Psyched for this split EP with DJ Spider on his Sublevel Sounds imprint. Features a solo track from each of us and two collabs.

From the label description:

Label boss, DJ Spider links up with analog guru, Phil Moffa! These two analog junkies have put together a crushing 4 track split effort. The first 3 tracks are strictly for the dance floor and the last one is a deep, mental piece! They each delivered one track each and two tracks were done together. Warm analog drums with pure synth soundscapes are on display here from beginning to end. A must have for all true, underground soldiers who support New York Techno!

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After 2.5 years in my first home, I moved the studio just down the hall to a beautiful new space, if fact the original control room of Daily Planet Studios. In this room, recordings like Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You” were made. This new space really is the perfect size for all the analog toys in the collection, the vinyl and all my collaborators. Special thanks to those who helped paint the walls, carry the gear and help me wire it up. I get by with a lot of help from my friends.