Blind Spot Music returns with the amazing Valk EP from the Los Angeles based Raíz; the duo behind much of Droid Behavior`s activity, Vangelis and Vidal Vargas. As producers Vangelis and Vidal have released tracks and remixes under various aliases (most notably Acid Circus and Raíz) on the Droid Recordings imprint as well as respected labels Historia Y Violencia, Tora Tora Tora, Music Man, Enemy and Timefog. Their music has been charted, played and supported by Richie Hawtin, Speedy J, Chris Liebing, Ellen Allien, Adam Beyer, Jonas
The original track Valk is deep, atmospheric while so powerful and irresistibly entices us to the dancefloor. For the remix duties we picked up some of our favorite producers from the different segments of the Techno to translate Valk to their own "language".
D. Carbone contributed the first version that builds up nicely and takes us to a travel around the world of Techno. D Carbone in the past couple of years has achieved popular releases on iconic imprints like Dubfires's SCI+TEC, Marco Bailey's MB Elektronics, Alan Fitzpatricks's 8 Sided Dice to mention a few .
The second remix is a groovy one with emerging deeper elements that force you to dance. It's rearranged by Jason Fernandes and Hugo Paixao, one of most talented rising stars of the Techno scene. They made their names very quickly in the past year with their quality releases and the
Skyline Type Grooves label that they run together with the legendary Cisco Ferreira aka The Advent.
Driving Forces Recordings boss Sutter Cane and Blind Spot's very own Dr Hoffmann joined forces for the third remix. It's without doubt the darkest track of the EP and truly reflects their musical tastes.
And as always let the music do the talking.
Los Angeles born and bred, Vangelis and Vidal Vargas were raised in the ’80s on a steady diet of Latin freestyle, electro, and new wave that pervaded their urban environment. Their father also exposed them to cutting edge progressive acts Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk, planting early seeds for aural exploration. By the mid ’90s they were sampling LA’s underground club scene and heavily researching electronic music’s roots. After years of influence they began to express their musical vision through their own recordings and performances. Vidal and Vangelis eventually found common ground with producer / performer Drumcell, and in 2002 they formed the Droid Behavior event production group and record label out of frustration with the city’s lack of knowledge, acceptance, and understanding for Midwest-bred techno and house music and their European counterparts.
As producers Vangelis and Vidal have released and licensed original music and remixes under various aliases (most notably Acid Circus and Raíz) on the Droid Recordings imprint as well as respected labels Historia y Violencia, Tora Tora Tora, DJMag, Music Man, Resident Advisor, Enemy Rec, Gynoid, Reloading, Micro.Fon and Timefog. Their music has been charted, played and supported by Speedy J, Chris Liebing, Marcel Dettmann, Ben Klock, DVS1, Levon Vincent, Jonas Kopp, etc.
Their intense and inspiring performances have placed them alongside major players Jeff Mills, Richie Hawtin, Derrick May, Dan Bell, Surgeon, Sandwell District, Robag, Paco Osuna, Pan Pot, Marco Carola, Detroit Grand Pubahs, and Berghain Residents at undergrounds, festivals, after hours, and club nights from North and South America to Berlin.
Raíz fully harness the capabilities of Traktor, Ableton, and Maschine technology to create a thick blend of Detroit influenced techno and gritty house. They take cues from years of classical training to infuse dynamic musical expression with a delicate balance of mixing board acrobatics and symbiotic intuition. Years of production experience inform their Live PA / Digital DJ hybrid approach, which uses each track’s core essentials to form a narrative arch for every unique set. Their releases follow suit, taking only key elements from each rhythmic style to shape simplistic and deep music that captures their diverse influences and personal impressions.