Dense & Pika are UK house & techno producer Chris Spero (also known as Glimpse) & British DJ, producer & Hypecolour co-founder Alex Jones. Their anonymous white label series surfaced in mid-2011 & has been shorthand for jammed-out, club-ready techno.
The Techno/Tech House producer duo based in London, Uk are they are the founders of Dense & Pika, and the favourite of the Hotflush Recordings.
Dense & Pika are a new techno act, not yet ready to reveal their identities the duo have self released a series of attention grabbing records leading them to being signed to Scuba's game changing imprint Hotflush.
At the end of 2011, at the start of their production partnership, Dense & Pika made the choice not to reveal their musical identities and let the music do the talking on a series of white labels released on their own eponymous imprint. Their super tight and bold productions did the work, getting them widely noticed and they saw a successful year of live dates and media attention followed, as well as a signing to what we’ve already declared here to be one of the most prominent labels of the moment, Hotflush.
The brute force of London techno duo Dense & Pika will be on display once more, when the pair's third EP for Scuba's Hotflush label drops next month. Colt finds the pair experimenting with an expanded palette of sounds—the title track employs a warm piano figure that hints at a newfound sensitivity, whereas "Black Deep" and "Vomee" push dense percussive workouts and dubby stabs into the foreground. "Airless (Live)" closes out the EP in a frenzied, one-take rave-up, employing live percussionists, woodwinds, and a host of modular synthesizers.
Dense & Pika favor stern machine rhythms, swollen low-end, and a clenched-fist sense of menace that’s not too far off from Turbo’s recent techno releases; there’s something almost tool-like about their relentlessly stripped-back grooves, but they also flirt with unabashedly anthemic dimensions.