5 tracks that influenced the techno talent of Christian Piers

Also known as one-half of Laszlo Dancehall alongside Leon Vynehall, Christian Piers marks his return to Dusky’s 17 Steps label this month with the Detachment EP – delivering a machine-driven set of dancefloor damaging tracks that come backed with a dub techno remix from Manchester stalwart, Trevino. It follows a stellar array of releases from Piers on the likes of Step, Curle Recordings, and SOURCEUNKNWN.

In anticipation of the EP, Piers now shares the tracks that have influenced his creative form – from dark 90s drum & bass to an early number from Warp mainstays, Battles. Read on and stream previews of Detachment below.

1 – Source Direct – Technical Warfare

This Haunting dystopian track from one of my biggest influences. The choice of samples and drum processing really had an imprint on the way I think about and produce music.
2 – Battles – Hi-Lo

This was the first track that got me into Battles. Its sludgy mesmerising melodies instantly got me hooked. More recently they made a documentary called The Art of Repetition for Ableton which is worth a watch.

3 – Shock Headed Peters – Heart Break Hotel

I found this record in my Mum’s record collection was I was younger. I was really obsessed with the artwork, and this was my favourite song from the LP. It’s such a great take on Elvis.

Well, since my baby left me

Well, I found a new place to dwell

Well, it’s down at the end of Lonely Street

At Heartbreak Hotel

4 – Substance Relish

Original saturated, hypnotic techno. Could listen to loops like this for hours on end. 20 years on and it still sounds more killer than most records I hear now.

5 – Eraserhead

We all danced with the lady in the radiator.

Detachment is out March 17 on 17 Steps. Order it here.

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