For more than a decade, Dutchman Alden Tyrell has been tirelessly crafting away on a range of electronic sounds. Recalling the motifs of Detroit and Chicago clubs and radio stations gone by, combining robotic basslines with rich synth lines and doing it all alongside peers like I-F, Dexter and Legowelt, it’s not too bold to say Tyrell is one of the leading names in his field, despite his modest claims only to “push buttons until I hear something that rocks.”
As such, his studio continues to give rise to essential electronic sounds, not least a new five EP series on Clone Basement Series that starts in summer 2017. Featuring raw, heavyweight tracks with tough analogue drums they range from raved up piano jams to stripped back dub techno via fluid bass driven rollers and intergalactic mind melters and show off his many different yet connected styles. These recording sessions have given Alden a new focus and have informed his upcoming live shows, which promise to be perfectly rough edged affairs that are informed by classic house and techno but that look to the future.
But the Dutchman’s investment in his art also runs deeper: a large part of his time is spent mastering music for Clone Records, the associated Dutch imprints as well as for a range of international labels. Tyrell’s unassuming approach - “I just want to enjoy myself in the studio… if people enjoy what comes out the other side then I very much appreciate it” - coupled with his love of crafting the past in the here and now; combing elementsof futurism with streaks of retroism, are the things that make him quite the indefinable talent he is. After a quiet period of creativity, Alden is now back out on the road once more.