Release Date: Feb 9, 2015
Record label: Halocline Records
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
On this 2015 album, Toronto-based producer David Psutka sticks with the electro-industrial-styled music that was defined by the 2013 edition of his Egyptrixx project and the album A/B Til Infinity, but this time with the help of "visual and video components" from Berlin-based artist ANF. The artist's busted, rusted, and mechanical art pieces are right in line with Egyptrixx's austere techno and metal machine music, but as the ever developing title track displays while it blossoms, Transfer of Energy (Feelings of Power) recognizes the worth of beauty, and offers up something "pretty" when that's what the song requires. "Body II Body" is so organic it almost breaks character by letting some human element through, although this step outside is later balanced by the steam jets and space music that fill the space-cruiser song called "Mirror Etched on Shards of Amethyst," along with the unrelenting robot beat of "Discipline//1982.
Oh his third release as Egyptrixx — the first on his newly launched record label Halocline Trance — Toronto producer David Psutka has made a collection of tracks that, while momentarily claustrophobic, manage to elicit the cavernous depths of nightclubs and after-hours. At times soft, at others cacophonic, Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power] is no easy listen, filled with foreboding terror and ominous industrial effects. Mid-album cut "Body II Body," featuring vocals from Modern Superstition's Nyssa Rosaleen, is an apt representation of the duality inherent in Transfer of Energy [Feelings of Power]: bookended by the pitter-patter of rain, the track opens with Rosaleen's chanting backed by doom-tinged disparate drum patterns, only to then switch gears halfway through, as a pulsating beat takes over.
Of all the releases on Night Slugs, it's A/B Infinity that is arguably the most underrated. Whilst far from perfect, Egyptrixx's 2013 album was ambitious and expansive. David Psutka is fairly candid about the music he makes, as he explained to Juno Plus' Brendan Arnott earlier this month: "Taking the ingredients of club music and giving them experimental, non-musical application.
The third album by Toronto electronic producer Egyptrixx (aka David Psutka) is not much fun, but that seems completely intentional. His work has grown increasingly bleak since his 2011 debut album, Bible Eyes, and now seems more influenced by doom metal and experimental music than escapist dance beats. Still, Transfer Of Energy [Feelings Of Power] is exceptionally brutal even within that context.