TOTD // 10/04 // Headless Horseman

Published: April 10, 2017, words by Alex Green

Shrouded in mystery, Headless Horseman is one of techno’s greatest enigmas. His music is as impenetrable as the strange headgear he uses to hide his identity. Despite – or perhaps because of this anonymity – the German artist has become one of the scene’s leading lights, purveying a sound that draws from British 90s techno and orchestral soundtracks as much as it does from German Electronic Body Music.

That’s not to say he hides from the camera. Headless Horseman’s Facebook page is awash with photos of him travelling the world and posing with fellow creatives or fans. But never is he seen without his striking combination of hood, cap and disconcerting curtain of something akin to synthetic hair.

Following recent releases on Elektron Grammofon or his own eponymous label, Headless Horseman is about to embark on a series of releases on Tommy Four Seven’s 47, a label known for its commitment to forward-looking industrial techno. February 23rd saw the Berlin-based label release one of their strongest EPs yet featuring VSK and OAKE. This was the culmination of a series that focused on club-ready sounds.

Now, the label is set to move into more experimental, less club-driven music. Kicking off this series is Headless Horseman with a double pack of EPs. The first of his two EPs is dropping on 14th April and features four suitably heavy selections. Expect rumbling bass lines and sweeping ambience.

To celebrate this release, Headless Horseman has dug deep into his record bag to select four tracks that remind him of 47 nights. 47 label-mates Ancient Methods and OAKE feature, as does the genre pioneer Anthony Child. Another innovator, Regis, also makes the cut. Listen in for a taste of what to expect from one of Headless Horseman’s much-touted DJ sets.

via soundcloud

Surgeon

The Power of Doubt

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The whole sonic spectrum is covered and the broken beat is reminiscent of the variety heard on a 47 event.”
via soundcloud

Regis

Purification

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Can’t deny a rave banger from our beloved.”
via youtube

OAKE

L’Esclandre

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“There is something so disturbing yet so fluid about this composition. The energy alone induces a second level psychosis but keeps the dancers on their toes.”
via soundcloud

Ancient Methods

Knights & Bishops

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“This is one of those tracks you might hear in your head on the way to the venue. Perfect mix of storytelling and solid foundation for what lies ahead.”

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