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our time machine

by monika janek

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For her debut release, Monika Janek presents three very distinct shades of techno, with hints of early detroit, modern berlin, and retro synth pop, drawing the obvious connection of all three back to Kraftwerk. Together these subversive tracks conjure an almost black-metallic sound - shimmering, singular, and dark...
The clear melodic statement of the opener Our Time Machine, pits brooding Jupiter chord swells against a punctual bass line. The stark rhythm programming provides a variety of tom-driven dynamics. Warm echoes and bizarre reverberations weave an intricate spacious tapestry from only the most essential elements.
Motel Room 369 evokes a retro futuristic vision of an intimate transaction, perhaps involving artificial emotions from an android lover, as she ponders, "is this the price you pay for love"?
The EP closer, Telephone Rose, sets up a backdrop of wandering chords from the school of Aphex Twin. Delicious modular effects and percussion down front are held tightly together by a framework of classic 909 techno beats. In their midst, a series of hesitant atonal bleeps and a distant voice transmission scramble to create an uncertain contrast.


released February 28, 2017

produced by Monika Janek
additional production by Matt Thibideau (Altitude)
mixed by Matt Thibideau (Altitude)
cover photo by Tara Stadius


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monika janek Toronto, Ontario

As a teenage DJ startup in the 90s, Monika spent hours in the basement on direct drive decks, absorbing the sounds of Detroit. As DJ Elektra, Monika has since played alongside many of her key influences with a career highlight in Berlin at Tresor's "New Faces". She has a passion for dropping techno & electro on three decks and enjoys sculpting her own sound in the studio using analog hardware. ... more

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