Steve Summers
Clear (usa)

Pre-order item. Expected on or around: 28-08-2020



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It’s been a while since we last heard from Steve Summers, one of the
many musical aliases of former Brooklyn and Berlin resident turned
Chicago-based producer Jason Letkiewicz. When he last landed on proudly
Chicagoan imprint CLEAR with the robust and unearthly “Artificial
Light” EP, it was on the back of nine years spent building up Steve
Summers as a purveyor of forthright club cuts that pushed at the limits
of acceptability.
That was 2017. In the three years since, Letkiewicz has prioritized
projects that indulge different sides of his complex musical persona.
There was the critically acclaimed, all-action Mutant Beat Dance
“record album booklet” on Rush Hour – a collaboration with Melvin
Oliphant III and Beau Wanzer – and then the EBM, electro and
industrial-influenced grooves of Opposing Currents on Artificial Dance.
2018 also saw him release the sophomore set from his 1980s horror
soundtrack-infused Death Commando project, while in 2019 Letkiewicz
finally put out his first album under his given name – the picturesque
new age and ambient movements of “The Reflecting Pool” on Into The
But that was then. Now Letkiewicz has finally donned the Steve Summers
pseudonym again for a return to CLEAR that’s defiantly intense and
otherworldly in tone, “Counter-Factuals” is powered primarily by the
kind of psychedelic acid lines and thrusting machine drums that have
long been a hallmark of Chicago house. This is no nostalgia-fest
though, with Letkiewicz’s take on “acid” being more abstract and
unorthodox than the music of his predecessors.
Proof of this analysis arrives straight away, with EP opener “Counter-
Factuals” ratcheting up the intensity through waves of hallucinatory
acid lines, blunted electronics, druggy male vocal samples and clanking
machine beats. Letkiewicz takes similar sonic approach on “People
Watching”, whose full-throttle approach cuts a path through jacking
acid house, surging EBM and the more dystopian aspects of 1980s
industrial music.
Over on side B, Letkiewicz combines all of these sounds and
inspirations on a cut that pivots around the twin attractions of trance-inducing acid lines and hypnotic analogue beats. Clocking in at
a fraction less than nine minutes, the track surges forward
relentlessly on a tornado of off-key electronics, fizzing TB-303 acid
lines and barely audible speech snippets. It seems a fitting conclusion
to one of Letkiewicz’s most impactful releases to date.

Weight230 g




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August 21, 2020

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