Barem – Orchids

Describe the record in five words.
Organic, flow, emotion, groove, musical.

What is it about this record that will appeal to the fans?
Well, you never really know that, but I hope it’s the genuine organic approach and the simpleness of the loops that give shape to all three tracks. That’s at least what I like about it.

How does it differ from your last release?
It’s pretty different from all my previous records I think. Its way more melodic than anything I’ve done and probably my warmest sounding record so far.

What was the inspiration for this release?
I wanted to change a bit from my usual Minus sound, which wasn’t really totally Minus, but more techno oriented. I wanted to make something not necessarily happy but music that could make people smile at morning hours. Definitely more organic and more easy going than my previous records.

If you had the chance to play this in any club, which would it be?
Probably the old Ushuaia in Ibiza, when it was a little bar by the sand.


Release date: 09-03-2015
Artist Name: Barem
Title: Orchids
Label: Rhythm Cult
Catalog Number: RCM004


Foremost minimal techno producer Barem is next to serve up a compelling three track EP for the ever more essential Rhythm Cult label and comes hot on the heels of EPs from Deadbeat and Greenville Massive amongst others.

As well as being a key artist on the Minus label, Barem has appeared on Leftroom, Mindshake and Moon Harbour, and is a revered live performer who has headlined everywhere from DEMF to Mutek. Of course, he is a stylistically diverse producer who shows us his well honed production chops here once again.

First track ‘Vanda’ is awash with beautiful melodies as synthetic, intricate drums form a liquid groove down below. Both minimal but colourful, groovy but organic, it’s a charming track with plenty of summery warmth imbued within.

Next up, ‘Phaius’ is slightly darker and more late night, with its nagging sine waves, skittish percussion and flappy drums. Alien sound effects scurry across the face and wooden hi hats add another micro-groove with which dancers will easily relate.

Finally, ‘Lycaste’ gets all shimmery and shuffling with a soft edge cloud of hi hats, rolling drum fills and snares all coming over in jazzy fashion. Off time hits, synth blurts and Villalobos style details all characterise this cerebral track, and a killer, classic house bassline and wandering piano line both tie the whole thing together in style.

This is an EP of superb techno that is stuffed with charm, emotion and organic textures that really makes you feel something whilst drawing you to the dancefloor.


1. Vanda
2. Phaius
3. Lycaste

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