Reeko and Architectural are two projects belonging to one man, the Spanish-born techno producer Juan Rico. In bringing these two sides together for The Blue Album, Rico has created an ambitious record exploring the breadth of his sound hinted at in his releases for Theory, Integrale Muzique, Deafmosaic, and his own imprint Mental Disorder. Unlike some producers drawn to the cavernous, industrial excesses of warehouse techno, Rico—with his gift for composition—resists one-note fatalism and affected bleakness, instead opting for something far more multilayered. The fittingly titled “Dualities”, for example, marries the chill detachment of dub techno with a sweeping melody line, while elsewhere there’s compelling experiments with ambient textures, found sound, and white noise. Suffice to say we’re really feeling it, and are proud to be hosting the exclusive pre-release stream of The Blue Room in its entirety, below.
Reeko w/ Architectural’s The Blue Album is out October 7th via Polegroup.