When asked how they describe “Imagine” the new album just released on Cocoon records, Mallorca based Pig & Dan (aka Dan Duncan & Igor “Pig” Tchkotoua) explain that “it covers all grounds from Minimal Techno to Acid Techno“… so basically, from Techno to Techno? We like that a lot, and thats why we felt these two are not only perfect candidates for a Boston performance, set for Wednesday September 19th @ The Phoenix Landing, but for this Roots&Future 9.
The story behind the duo stretches back way before their airplane ride introduction in 1999. Time travel back almost 20 years ago and we find Dan and Igor independently soaking up knowledge in professional recording studios and making tea for the “big boys”. Now jump to 1990, at this time Dan was in London where D&B was the future sound. Along with bandmates Beau Thomas & Simon Vispi, Dan was part of the D&B group “Intense” signed to LTJ Bukem’s Good Lookin Records. The group released steadily from the early 90’s all the way up until 2002 when perhaps the excitement of the Pig & Dan project called for a musical career change.
2003 marked the first release (Anthem 12″) from self owned Submission Records. Then, after twenty successful releases launched Sonic Society in 2005 which seemed to grab the attention of the contemporary techno movement including Sven Vath, Loco Dice and Mandy. Sven was feeling it and by 2006 Pig & Dan were cocoon club regulars, ah the glory!
Pig & Dan – Cured
Cant tell if this tune samples the Cure directly or not, but it definitely captures the spirit. Cured boasts a beautiful melodic guitar riff that floats on top of a shuffling minimal beat and signature washes. Im not sure if this one was ever released, so heres a hard to find treat.
Pig & Dan – Bansky
Monster tune from 2006 Pickadoll release called “I Want Your Mind”. Definitely on the “Horizon” tip. Minimal beats with dope panning and a understated acid line that grow and grow as the entire tune is enveloped by a screaming wash of noise and messed up vocal sample. So scary, can see this thing doing serious brain damage to vulnerable and unsuspecting party monsters! Support and buy your vinyl copy here
Pig & Dan – Digital Life
Another solid solid tune from 2006 released on German Weave Music. Very deep, very dark. Listen midway thru the track to the arpegiator that sneaks in almost out-of time. This one was a must and made both the SoulClap and Sergio Santos podcasts. Support and buy the vinyl here
“Imagine”, the new album on Cocoon Records dropped on August 31st. You can pick it up on vinyl here, or come check they boys beat it up in person tomorrow night and BEG for a copy 😉