Hidden Empire | Boy Next Door "Hidden Empire | Boy Next Door"
In the DJ booth Hidden Empire and Boy Next Door all bring their immersive sets, packing up heat and energy on the dancefloor. The same can be said for their productions, which are industrious club catalysts, as they show in their latest joint release consisting of a power-heavy four tracker.
Hidden Empire kicks off affairs with Lost in Time, a resounding deep tech incursion centered around a throbbing bassline and swift percussive arrangements. The groove carves out space through alternating buzzing synths and a hellish vocal, creating an acid-tinged dungeon-like atmosphere. This seems to set the tone for the entire release, as Get Lost brings to a focus an equally murky ambiance, filled with voluminous elements and heavy synth pads. An ominous vocal enhances the overall gloomy mood adding suspense, while arpeggiated chords bring in a contrasting slice of warmth and light.
Boy Next Door’s first offering comes in the form of Dael, a gradually unfolding marathon of a piece, dotted by zig-zagging synths on a backdrop of a fidgety, nervous bassline. The track evolves into a stripped down wavy synth cut, suitable for shifting up gears. Koba shows off BND’s systematic treatment of bangers featuring a tense bassline and anxious percussion. Using pounding drums and a dramatic rise, it eases into a cinematic construction with ample build ups and relentless loops. All in all, a set of intense dancefloor tools fit for late-night antics as well as transitioning swiftly into the after hours.
Biography Hidden Empire
By sharing a musical vision of creating an impulsive, deeply moving soundscape, using the very essential and deepest elements of House and Techno, Branko and Niklas decided to start their live project 'Hidden Empire'. The corresponding result is a floating, emotional journey through a distinctive mixture of genres. The euphoric and uplifting combination of straight drums and hypnotic melodies is made for enormous sound systems and long club nights.
Since they started their project, they had the opportunity to perform next to artists like e.g. Extrawelt, Stephan Bodzin, Booka Shade and Oliver Koletzki. In 2015, Oliver Koletzki discovered their potential and gave them the chance to release their first tracks on his label 'Stil vor Talent', including a remix for the label boss himself (Iyéwaye Remix EP). To build on this successful start, there are more releases to come in 2016, on Stil vor Talent, Traum Schallplatten and Click Records.