Deetron (a.k.a. Sam Geiser) is a techno producer. It sounds simple, but it's really the most important thing there is to know about the veteran Swiss artist. Though he's explored various facets of the genre, gradually moving from pumping, hard-edged sounds toward the more melodic variant he often champions today, techno has always been at the heart of his artistic vision. Over the past 15 years, he's been steadily turning out records for a variety of imprints, including Phont, Intec, Circus Company, and Aus, but his most frequent home has been the Music Man label, which actually just released his long-awaited sophomore album, Music Over Matter.
As with many of the more dynamic turntablist-styled techno and house djs, deetron took his early cues from hip-hop, before being won-over by the early sounds of chicago and detroit. His djing – then still in its infancy – followed this influence, steering his ‘career’ in a more 4/4 direction – eventually landing him a resident spot at reputed zurich club, trax. Deetron’s production career developed in tandem, as is often the case. Early work for labels such as Phont and Intec through the late nineties and 2000, saw Deetron finding his audience (including a string of international club jocks) and developing his own sound. In the last few years, Sam’s production touch has graced labels including Cosmic (as Karakter), Ongaku (the ‘Lorraine ep’), Sls and the classic Detroit styled ‘Miss Suave’ on Intec which has become a dancefloor anthem all over the world.
Combining Sam’s love of house, classic techno, electro, latin and jazz influences, ‘Twisted’ is a beautiful journey through an electronic landscape littered with orchestral sweeps, delicate pads, sublime Robert Owens-esque vocals, dancefloor beats and heart tugging strings. Featuring guest appearances from Subject Detroit’s DJ Bone, LA based singer Ovasoul 7, vocalist and guitarist Justin Chapman, who is also one-half of the Atlanta-based dj/production duo Kemeticjust and the one and only Paris black fu from the detroit grand pubahs ‘twisted’ is a dancefloor journey from beginning to end. From the opening bass rumble of ‘twisted memories’ to the old school chicago vox stylings of ‘life soundtrack’ and the drexciyan wiggle of ‘isotope’ to the demented refrains of ‘the afterlife’, Deetron shows us that techno can still conjure moments of beauty whilst still keeping us on the dancefloor.