, - on 18/3/11
Patrik Skoog aka Agaric isn‘t only one of the youngest veteran techno and house producers from Sweden, he‘s also one of the most interesting and inspired. Though incredibly versatile, the sustained energy in his sets and productions are equally exceptional. This week his first album Who Made Up The Rules is released on Ovum Recordings. The title track of the same name promises to be a dancefloor hit in Ibiza this year.
In the last two years, Agaric established the Club Tracks 10“ series on his label We Are. Besides his own stellar productions, collaborations with close friends Shonky, Waker Bernard, Ed Davenport, and Beaner have also graced the Club Tracks series.
International support came from leading DJs like Richie Hawtin, Ben Klock, Luciano, Joris Voorn, and Magda. Above all, his productions were championed by Josh Wink, who went on to sign this album debut to his Ovum imprint.
As a continuous journey through Patrik Skoogs inner world and inspiration, Who Made Up the Rules is a mature reflection and expression of an old soul in club music. Snappy tight funk, sub base driven grooves, and shuffling hats create the foundations for spheric sound design and processed vocals, culminating in living and breathing club music.
After more than 100 vinyl releases, Patrik Skoog can look back at quite a history. As a technical DJ with a magical sense for momentum and selection, he‘s been playing worldwide for more than 15 years. Relocating to Berlin in 2007, he quickly established himself as a celebrated constant inspiration, be it for extended Bar25 after hour sets, or club nights in Watergate, Arena, and Panoramabar, where he now holds his We Are label nights.
Carefully crafted and built up, the album spans from classic Chicago and Detroit inspirations with a driving forceful Swedish techno flavor, to warped spooky weirdness and ethereal shoe gazing soundscapes.
Agoric designs a space where nothing needs to be as it seems, a temporary utopia that provides ultimate freedom, while the beat roots you in the here and now. The edge of the rabbit hole is where We Made Up The Rules makes you move, body and mind.
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