There should be a tag in every download shop for a genre called “Midwest Techno,” and while I am certain none of them could accurately define it, everyone worth listening to would know precisely what kind of music they would find there. Junction One is a new project from Frankie Vega and Tim Vitek and both of them know “Midwest Techno” well. Their debut EP, That Way, features two tracks that embody it, of driving techno ridden with pure attitude by two DJ heroes.

Part of the aesthetic of Midwest Techno is doing the most with the least: it’s stripped down, sometimes out of necessity but sometimes because monitors can make cool fucked up sounds when everything is in the red and screaming. That is I think the way to describe the music here. The title track runs so hot it sounds like everything’s bleeding into everything else and standing for too long in front of this playing on a decent soundsystem would lead to ecstasy and/or pain. “The Signal” strings together sequences into an insectoid alien bebop played by funk machines with shotguns. Don’t sleep.

Junction One: That Way (Grid Based Beats / March 2021 / Digital)
1. Junction One: That Way (06:11)
2. Junction One: The Signal (06:52)

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo on behalf of the label.



This was originally published in 5 Mag issue 189: #DieTrying with Josh Milan, Ashley Beedle, Terry Farley, Jackie Queens & more. Support 5 Mag by becoming a member for just $1 per issue.




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