TOTD // 01/09 // Minor Science

Published: September 1, 2016, words by Undefined author

Resident Advisor writer, Angus Finlayson, has been releasing music under the Minor Science moniker since 2014, the year in which he debuted on The Trilogy Tapes with his Noble Gas EP. The five-tracker summed up his sound very nicely – a collection of tracks that delved into house and deep house with tight, sparse production and atmospheric, bassy elements. His release schedule has been focused on quality, not quantity, with only two releases since then, both on the excellent Whities imprint. Both saw his sound evolve and become tighter and darker – the most recent one being one of our favourite records of the year so far.

Due to Finalyson’s assuredness as a producer and his upward trajectory becoming steeper, it was only a matter of time before we asked him to feature on Tracks Of The Day. For us, he’s picked four of his favourite pure drum tracks, and it’s in these cuts that we can see where he gets the inspiration for his own tight percussion work.

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MD2

MD2.5.3

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“OK, not every sound in this is a drum, but I’d argue that even the non-drum sounds are playing a percussive role. Mike Dehnert is well-placed to make a killer drum track, as his music is all about rhythm. There’s no shortage of late ‘00s loop techno out there, but you can tell a wonky Dehnert groove from a mile off. This one stands out even amongst his tracks though. It sort of sounds like a pinball machine going haywire. Very much my vibe.”
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Stenny

Consumer's Tool

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“As a DJ, I’m often drawn to tracks that have drums in them and (almost) nothing else. Maybe the title of this recent one by Stenny helps explain why. It’s hard to attach big pretensions to a drum track: it’s very obviously just a “tool” to make you dance. But it’s nice to be reminded that the compulsion to dance is pretty profound in itself. In any case this one’s a banger. Every element pumps and swings and crunches perfectly — sticking chords on top would just be a distraction.”
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Paul Johnson

Play Those Drums

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This one had to be included because 1) Paul Johnson is a master of percussion and 2) it has the word drums in the title. (Tip: titles are your friend when hunting for drum tracks. See also “bonus beats”). A lot of music from this time and place doesn’t quite punch through enough for my taste, but this one has some decent low-end and the swing setting is lethal. The structure is also great: there’s only a handful of elements but he manages to throw something fresh at you every eight bars.”
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Kyle Hall

Flemmenup

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This one’s weird. The wig-out snare drum breakdowns are odd lengths and there’s all kinds of horrible filtering and panning going on. But it sounds great in between stabler electro tracks, especially when pitched up. (Tip: most drum tracks sound better pitched up). Evidence that limiting yourself to drums doesn’t mean limiting your imagination.”

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