Employee – Wutai
Label: OK Spirit
Wutai by Employee is the second release on Frankfurt based label Ok Spirit. The record traverses the darker textures of dub with its other foot firmly rooted in techno. The release of Employee’s debut EP was shrouded in secrecy and the label disclosed little information about their enigmatic newcomer. It has since been revealed that Emloyee is in fact an alias of the remarkably multifaceted Berlin based musician Max Graef. The purpose of this record was to explore the darker more minimal side of dub and as with most that Graef touches it turned to gold. Wutai is saturated with shuddering bass and deep dub reverberations with a smattering of electro. The interplay between these two musical styles is immaculately incapsulated in the title of the fourth track ‘Lazer Raga’ which splices dub drum rhythms with electro lasers to create something new entirely. The final track on the record is a mix from Ok Spirit head honcho DJ Neewt, this is the stand out track on the record offering tripped out synths atop a minimal techno backdrop.