Deep / Tech House
May 11, 2012
Detroit's latest underground export, Stone Owl embodies the machinations of their hometown with a modern, bass-heavy twist. The duo of Jacob Greba and Eric Novak cast their spell with a careful balance of heavy low-end and intricate sound design, exemplified by the title track of their debut release. Re-envisioning the sci-fi terrain of their Motor City forebears for a new generation is no small task, but it's hard to imagine it done much better than on Planet X: ultra-gravitational bass pulling us through the fractured voices and submerged echoes of a dense future atmosphere. Danish Highgrade artists PhonoKemi step up with an extended deep house alteration that inflates the textures of the original for a high-impact, slow-burning arrangement, while New York's Ethan Borshansky modifies and reassembles the track's core components into an effortlessly integrated dub techno rhythm structure. Closing the affair, Cremation of Care adopts a meditative stance, watching sentinel over a vast expanse comprised of mesmerizing bass tones and constantly shifting undercurrents punctuated by dramatic percussion. Arriving on the scene with preternatural production prowess and a knack for narrative dynamics, Stone Owl is the latest in a long line of homegrown Motown talent...