Boomkat Product Review:
Off-centre dance music full of liquified percussion and breezy electronics
“Tech Startup founder Rafael and Timothy Crombie, aka A Psychic Yes, fortuitously met on a Berlin dance floor in late 2017. A long digital correspondence between Berlin and Seattle culminated in the inaugural release of the Seattle-based Tech Startup label: TS000001. The project is comprised of 5 tracks built up from initial recordings of percussion, trumpet, and synthesizers honed into drum-focused dance pieces in the melancholy Berlin winter of 2018. Split in function between the two sides, Side A features dancefloor-ready tracks, while Side B contains introspective songs geared towards a home-listening environment.
Field recordings of Scottish stone slates accent the opening track Stone Sound, a tribal-leaning dancefloor cut highlighted by syncopated, pounding percussion and discreet melodies. The organic, sparse breakbeat track, Spacemaker, is cloaked in bright, hazy melodies. In Delicated, a series of melodic characters move around one another in a foggy electronic atmosphere. Aldhini Theme emerges as the standout track on Side B, with undulating modulated noise that slowly builds into
a hypnotic slow-burner resolving on a melody. Capping off the project is 12059, an unedited, meditative bliss of drones and trumpet.”