First Listen: Joey Anderson “Maidens Response”


For someone who honed his footwork at Junior Vasquez’s cacophonous Sound Factory back in the day, Hoboken native Joey Anderson sure makes some sensuous, leftfield, housey techno. Devoid of the typical pots and pans rata-tat-tat that typifies big room techno, Anderson’s music mines lugubrious and viscous soundscapes with a remarkable restraint that allows the hypnotic rhythms and brooding melodies to seep into your body and mind almost osmotically. The effect is cumulative and indelible. And that seems to suit Anderson just fine. “I find it very difficult to create something for people just to like. I’d rather pay attention to making them get close to the album and uncover the ideas within it.” Long associated with Levon Vincent and DJ Qu, Andersen’s small but mighty discography to date includes his first single, “Thee Analysis” in 2008, his 2012 EP Earth Calls on Vincent (and Anthony Parasole’s) Deconstruct label, and several singles for labels including his own Inimeg Recordings (his zodiac, Gemini, reversed). After Forever, out April 16 on Dutch label Dekmantel, is Anderson’s debut album. “Every track on the album has its own take on my personality, my mentality musically and my vision of off-dancefloor music,” he says. Vibe is very pleased to premiere “Maidens Response”, a mesmerizing slice of dark and spacious deep techno punctuated by gurgling bass, off-kilter piano chords, vocal snippets, and rarely used handclaps. It’s a succinct taste of the ideas that permeate and unfurl throughout an impressive, unhurried album. After Forever took a while to come together, and it may take a while to appreciate, but like the production, the payout is in the attention to details, and well worth the wait. Joey Anderson ‘Maidens Response’ – DKMNTL017 by dekmantel