The trans-Atlantic collaboration had its start at Culprit’s in-house studio in Los Angeles and came to fruition in Edu’s Valencia recording space, yielding two originals rooted in melody and strong dancefloor sensibility. The title track is a slow but purposeful burn, with layers of swelling melody and subtle distortion that culminates in the patented Imbernon breakdown. ‘Smokefalls’ is the more menacing and propulsive counterpart, with a nod to the mid 90’s era prog.
Six years after the Culprit saga began with its first release, the label’s originators, Droog, finally make their full label debut. To prove themselves as producers, the Los Angeles collective have made a point of earning their stripes away from the label of their creation. The path has taken them to Crosstown Rebels, Supernature, Get Physical and Last Night on Earth, among others. Now, they have come home.
Edu Imbernon has become one of the trio’s designated star men to lead Culprit into the bright future, with ‘Spectral’ being his third round of original music for the label. The 26-year-old is both talented and tireless, finding time to deliver big releases for Suara, Culprit, his own two labels – Fayer & Eklektisch – and remix the likes of The XX and Hot Natured.
o+ The pair of remixers represent two of the label’s most significant recent coups. Ruede Hagelstein has long been near the top of Culprit’s wish list. The German producer is coming off his debut album on Watergate Records and here delivers a tightly constructed electronic/tribal workout that expertly builds tension. wAFF is part of Hot Creation’s English inner circle and on his remix manages to strike a great balance between his peaktime style and Culprit’s love for deep melody.
Spectral (Ruede Hagelstein’s Remix)
Spectral (wAFF Remix)