May 2, 2016
With the aim of stimulating the mind through a visual and audible experience, techno imprint Inkblots has taken inspiration from the black inks of the psychological Rorschach test, printing them on white vinyl. Each release features two original tracks per side from two diverse artists. After collaborating with Stanislav Tolkachev, I/Y, Developer and Go Hiyama, the third release sees the debut of label co-owner Haiku, Italian techno producer and resident DJ for Knick Knack and STAUB, together with fine art lecturer and veteran abstract producer Mike Parker. The relationship between Haiku and Parker has cultivated over the past few years. With Haiku an admirer of Parker's brand of techno since his youth, Parker had already appeared twice on Haiku's other imprint Raw Waxes as a remixer. For the third Inkblots release, Parker's contribution wholly reflects his unique musical and visual aesthetics. All tracks combine a rigid structure with a lusty turnover of micro variations, to create a continuous and animated indigo. On the A-side, Haiku supplies a spectral, sinister dream that ushers your soul between darkness and dimness. Rhythm sections intersect with the variegated elements in solid key structures. Kicks and hats hold a bright, weighty presence while gloomy pads and metallic textures interchange. Flipping over to the B-side, Parker's artwork beautifully integrates with his original productions, arranged with the passion of atonal and dissonant sounds, and enriched with analogue experimentation, striking once again with crystalline, hypnotic and purist patterns.