Her EDM playlist: Technimatic’s Pete Rogers tells the story of his D&B upbringing
The duo Technimatic has been releasing its soulful and snare-heavy brand of music that is permeated by jungle for over 12 years and has hit all the big labels. Anyone who listens to his tracks over the years will know that members Pete Rogers and Andy Powel draw their love for snares and syncopation from the amens and drum patterns of the early days. With his new Wardown project, however, Rogers wanted to delve deeper into that nostalgia and capture a shot that captured not only these iconic traps, but also the sights, sounds, and memories that formed the backdrop for them.
With their self-titled first album now out on Blu Mar Ten Music, the Wardown Project actually mixed the vintage snares, drum patterns, melodies and vocals of their nostalgic dreams with a range of experimental and ambient sounds that made them Really put memories into focus. Even if he had never explained the thoughts and memories that inspired this album, the sounds it contains are so vivid and visceral that anyone who listens is instantly transported back. Perhaps not everyone would return to Luton, England in the 1990s, but the feeling Wardown creates is deeper than time or place; It’s emotional, primal, and instantly understandable.
We make a lot of playlists here on Your EDM because it’s always fun to find out what was going on in the artist’s head while writing a piece of music and what titles they themselves associate with that piece, but Rogers as Wardown has taken his playlist and thought about it too someone else please. He describes the scenes and feelings he had when his memory was created for each track and exactly how they shaped his sound, for himself and Wardown. As lively and visceral as the album itself, we recommend reading each description as you listen to each track. It’s described so well that you’re guaranteed to feel exactly what he did.
Skanna – this way [Skanna]
Soul Sense Records was on Stuart Street in Luton in the 1990s. Dave, Gary and Jon stood behind the counter. There were no unspoken rules or ideas about how to use Gary to pay your dues. He only gave you the best records they had. Dave was harder to crack, but over time I made progress. When I got Jon, my heart always sank. When I got this over the counter on a Sunday afternoon, Gary said it was important. He was an old soul boy and sold his jazz-funk and boogie records in the back corner of the store. He knew when something was good.
Future sounds of hardcore – euphoria [Dee Jay Recordings]
We learned that Sarah Hall’s parents had gone away for the weekend. She lived on my street and was dating Rick Nelson at the time. He said it was okay. Me and Leigh Fisher carried my decks and mixer down the hill. After that, I ran back and got the plastic bag of records I had bought in the store earlier that day. Hectic and excited plugging and wiring; Rick was always the best. I played this tune first and when it fell someone threw a lamp from a side table in the living room and it smashed. Sarah didn’t seem to care.
Jodeci – Feenin (LTJ Bukem 10 Minute Remix) [white label]
I was the first in the store on a Saturday. My bike was leaning against the railing outside and Dave was making a pot of coffee behind the counter. He offered me a cup, even though I always said no, and then reached under the counter. “I think you might like that,” he smiled. White label, scribbled handwriting. 10 minutes of amazement. When I got home later, I watched the record for ages and didn’t even play it. It meant something more than just the music.
Digital – Spacefunk (Futurebound Remix) [Timeless]
Wes Carter always had the best records. His older brother was a DJ and a friend of Jon’s who worked in the store. That meant he came to school, opened his backpack, and pulled out promos and test presses that the rest of us had never seen before. Prestigious. Look, but don’t touch. It meant everything and the jealousy made me sick. Especially with this one.
Ed Rush – August [No U Turn]
Raves and free parties were in the air back then. Exodus was the local occupation. But we were still kids. I was standing in front of McDonalds with Gary Daly and Tony Wade on a Saturday afternoon, my fingers greasy and salty from the fries and nuggets. A car drove down the hill and parked next to us. The sub-bass was already rattling on the glass doors of Marks & Spencers, and when the driver opened his door, the track screamed. Long dreads fell down his back and he put his arms on the roof, the sun shimmering from his gold tooth, until another man arrived and they entered and raced away. It was a brief window into a world out of reach.
Intensive – The Genesis Project [Rugged Vinyl]
Greg Owen’s cousin was older than us and he had a car. Ford Escort RS2000 MK1, newly sprayed bright orange. A decent system too. We drove around town listening to a new bundle of tapes he had bought. AWOL In the ministry. It was so good. I asked to borrow it and he said OK as long as I loaned him this record in return. Two weeks later when I asked about it, he told me he left it in the sun on the escort’s parcel shelf. It was ruined. But he was older and bigger than us, so I laughed and pretended it was okay. It was not.
Orca – Intallect [Lucky Spin]
Rick always stole people’s records. Everyone knew, but he always laughed about it and for some reason no one asked him to. One day, Leigh, and Graham Smith made a plan to go into his bedroom and look around. Rick NEVER let anyone into his room and now I can’t remember how we did it. But the records were there, these and many others. Rick said he bought it from a friend and we left it at that. When I think about it now, I can see something that was invisible to me then. His family had no money.
DJ Tamsin & The Monk – A Better Place (DJ Trace Mix) [White House]
I had the storage room in our house, a tight little L-shape with a ventilation cabinet that hummed and grumbled day and night. My record collection grew, as did the speakers, and when Leigh and the boys lined up to mix it up, it was just standing room. I convinced my parents that I didn’t need a bed, so I slept on a fold-out piece of foam from the age of 14 until I left. Records like this have been worth it.
The Sentinel – Pulse of Life [Basement]
Leigh built speakers in his loft. Woofer, tweeter, wires and solder. His father was a technician at Vauxhall Motors and I think it was in his blood. He invited me one day to see his latest creation. It was a large 15-inch submarine. That was serious business in our world. Bigger was definitely better. When we played through this track and the bass dropped we both looked at each other and grinned.
Source Direct – Secret Link [GLR]
Soul Sense, 1996. A rainy Thursday evening, traffic crawling by outside, dirty red and white light through the window. As I leaned against the counter and Dave put this record on the turntable, there was a general feeling in the busy shop, a kind of tacit understanding that this track could never get better. I’m still waiting.
Wardown is available now on Blu Mar Ten Music and can be streamed on Spotify or purchased from Beatport.