Review: Tunik – New Beginnings

Barcelona based debutant Tunik releases hard-hitting EP via Nicolas Lutz’ My Own Jupiter imprint.

Nicolas Lutz’s My Own Jupiter imprint hits a new stride with four reverent yet forward facing club cuts from Barcelona based newcomer Tunik.

Nicolas Lutz and his digging chops are no secret. Over the past few festival seasons he’s gone from a relative unknown on the UK circuit to a hugely respected and highly anticipated fixture at Houghton, Gottwood and any number of high profile fixtures here and on the continent.

Online, a cult following has built around his knack for uncovering other-worldly and mysterious deep cuts.  Most famously, Warren Clarke’s ‘4am Wake Up’, which had social media ID hunters whipped up into a frenzy after a typically outrageous performance during the Summer of 2018, is a track which perfectly encapsulates Lutz’s idiosyncratic approach to selection, displaying both the hard-edged, driving grooves and unsettling, alien atmospheres that define his sound.

Founded in 2014 by Lutz and fellow Berlin resident Edurme, My Own Jupiter is a deft expression of this aesthetic, with a stable of releases that includes heavy hitters such as Binh , Z@P and Lutz’s own Draculas Lutz alias. The label’s output has always sat firmly within the boundaries of Lutz’s formidable record collection – referencing early Tech House, 90s Electro and warehouse Breaks with a heavy bias towards the weird and wackier end of the spectrum.

Tunik’s debut release with MOJ pushes this envelope to new heights in such a style that it’s hard to imagine the EP on any other imprint, giving the strong impression that Lutz is now reaping the harvest of inspired young producers who’ve coveted his unique selections.

 Opener ’13’ sets the mood with an other-worldly melody punctuated by machine gun hats and a fevered, echo-drenched vocal that sits just low enough in the mix to give the impression of paranoid, overheard mutterings, before settling into a rigid, low slung groove with more than a hint of acid in its modal melody and punchy bass line. ‘The Key of Joy’ and ‘Universum’ sit comfortably in the same bracket, offering spooky, acid-tinged club cuts designed to instil uneasy tension on late night/early morning dance floors.

Standout track “Danse Macabre” distils these elements into their most efficient form, locking together a janky, tritone melody with a pushing, syncopated bassline that rolls the track towards a garage inspired turn, replete with a cheeky sine bass figure that gives a nostalgic nod towards vintage UK sounds. 

Tunik’s debut record can be purchased via the Juno Records website.

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