Alan Fitzpatrick rose to prominence in the techno scene over five years ago, and since then he has proven his almost supernatural abilities as a producer. In 2008, he released his track ‘9 Hours Later,’ which became an immediate hit. Soon afterwards, Adam Beyer found Alan’s music, and immediately signed an EP to his label, Drumcode Records. Since then, Alan has released an incredible 9 more solo EPs for the label. This article is a celebration of this, and we have selected the 10 tracks that we think are the best from all of Alan’s solo Drumcode EPs. And now the countdown begins…
10. Prometheus (From ‘Life Through Different Eyes’)
This track takes its time to build up to the lovely melodic pad progression in the middle. It’s droning bassline makes it feel hot and sweaty, which is always what we look for in a techno track!
9. Rubix (From ‘Static / Rubix’)
‘Rubix’ has made the top 10 at number 9 for its sheer energy. The bouncing bass, along with the distant percussion and synths make this track perfect for the club, and it has proven playable even today, a fact demonstrated by the reaction when Adam dropped the track in one of his recent sets.
8. Face of Rejection (From ‘Face of Rejection EP’)
This track is very memorable. At the beginning, the pulsing, constant synth line has already begun, and the delayed percussion stab fades in. The track progresses relentlessly, bringing pads and spooky ambiance, making the song feel like a long and haunting train ride.
7. Gridlock (From ‘Paranoize’)
‘Gridlock’ is pure darkness, with subtle pads and percussion. It almost sounds like a follow up to ‘Face of Rejection,’ as it has a similar relentless feel, but this one uses clever breaks and rising pads to apply constant pressure to the groove. The result is an effect that only the best producers can achieve.
6. Turn Down the Lights (From ‘Turn Down the Lights’)
‘Turn Down the Lights’ is deeper. It is similar to some of the stuff he’s been releasing lately on his own record label. The most interesting thing about this track is the definite a-b structure, with one part consisting of piano stabs, while the other has a deeper bass melody.
5. Always Something For Nothing (From ‘Life Through Different Eyes’)
This track paved the way for all of Alan’s more recent Drumcode releases. It features the heavy kick and bass that is prominent now, which, for some, defines his sound. It was also one of his first tracks to experiment with vocals.
4. Skeksis (From ‘Skeksis’)
This is easily Alan’s most recognizable track, and is already a modern techno classic. It showcases a wide range of abilities, including vocal production and effects, a superb bassline, and smooth, subtle pads.
3. The Catalyst (From ‘Turn Down the Lights’)
We are now down to the top 3, starting with ‘The Catalyst,’ off Alan’s most recent EP. This track was designed to be played loudly. At first the track seems very minimal, but since we are talking about Alan, there is more to the song than meets the ear. The melody line is constantly pulsing and jumping over octaves. The bass is unique, completely stopping during the second and fourth beats.
2. We Are Forever Young (From ‘The Tetra’)
Before ‘We Are Forever Young’ was released, I spent the longest time looking for a good quality recording, because I knew it was special. As usual, Alan managed to make this one stand out from his other songs with multiple layered pads and soulful vocals. In addition, everything but the pads drop off during the break to show the listener just how complex they really are. The other thing that gets me about this track is the bass: it sounds impossibly heavy without distorting anything or causing deafness.
1. In the Beginning (From ‘In the Beginning’)
We have reached the number 1 track, which is (drumroll, please) ‘In the Beginning!’ Alan pulled out all the stops for this one, using all of the knowledge he gained from producing the hit track ‘Skeksis,’ and then applying and expanding it. The reverberated pad and metallic chords that build up in the middle just might cause the dance floor to literally explode on a good day. And, being the lover of raves that he is, Alan included an oldskool rave beat during the break. In my opinion, this track is nothing short of a masterpiece.
Alan Fitzpatrick’s newest EP, ‘Turn Down the Lights,’ is out now on Drumcode. You can read our recent review of the EP here.