Raw, uncompromising but always fun, North London techno producer Randomer is all of these things and more. In a scene which can at times take itself too seriously, Randomer is a welcome breath of fresh air, matching unforgiving brutalism with carefree abandon, celebrating the most pulverising of sounds with all the joy of the rave explosion in the late eighties.
Having emerged from the dubstep movement back in 2008, it was immediately apparent that Randomer's rough and ready, non glossy, percussive sound was going places. As his career has continued to blossom, he's ventured further into some of the more earsplitting, unpretentious sides of electro, bass and techno, with sublime results.
Ahead of his arrival at London's Oval Space on November 7th alongside Luke Abbott and Clark, Mike Warburton delved into Rohan Walder's back catalogue and relived five of his favourite Randomer joints.
One of many essential Randomer tunes on Untold's Hemlock Records imprint, 'Scruff Box' is a mangled, tough as old boots interpretation of UK garage and, dare we say it, bassline. An absolute dancefloor bomb, the only criticism is that it barely clocks three minutes in length, but then again, that's just the kind of punk-ish attitude we've come to love from the irreverent auteur.
Undoubtedly one of the runaway hits of 2013, 'Bring' is a very stripped and measured beast that sounds unlike anything else. The sheer pressure and sparse creepiness isn't your classic rave anthem, and with a solitary hihat just about adding forward motion the tune is very strange indeed, but the absolute weight and force the record delivers in the club is nothing short of breathtaking.
A record that kicks you in the balls but keeps you coming back for more, everything about this track is distorted, from the course corrosive electro beats to the shard-like synth stabs that make up the the hook of the tune. Championed by Tiga on his Turbo label, it's another uncluttered, bare bones bomb.
Recalling a similar vibe to Claro Intelecto's timeless classic 'Tone', Randomer's first release on Ron Morelli's scene leading L.I.E.S imprint is another vital slab of deranged electro. Pensive, foreboding and ominous, Randomer's singular bassline know-how and crisp, decayed percussion once again deliver the goods.
In this tune, Randomer conjures everything at his disposal to make, for us, the definitive club killer, or 'House Banger' if you will. Chopped up vocals, thunderous percussion, rave stabs, piercing high strings, a chewy bassline and big eighties snare drums make this one of his most high octane releases yet, and impossible not to lose your shit to.