Once the driving drum beat on Vasoline’s hour-long album Limotint begins, it doesn’t let you go. As the pulsing synthesizers rise above the drums to guide you down the road, it’s better to just let go and realize you’re only a passenger. Songwriter Phil Taylor is behind the wheel, he’s taking you to a world of haunted techno mystery.
Elements of Taylor’s other danceable music (Sleeping Pills, Cold Medicine, Nasal Spray) seep through Limotint. It’s not your older brother’s techno. Synthesizers move elusively throughout the album, at times ethereal and other times like saws and sirens gliding in and out of the entrancing, unrelenting drum machine. Taylor says there were many 12 hour days spent programming the drum beats alone.
Taylor’s exploration into techno came from his dedication to constantly creating new music of different genres. In 2019, he decided to work on a House Music mix, which morphed into Vasoline. He started writing the tracks in November of last year, and finished the album in March. Track titles like “Back of the Club” and “Feel the Drip” hint at themes of intoxicated city life.
As the tracks on Limotint get deeper and the road goes further on, the listener notices one thing missing- vocals.
“It’s all about the music. This is my first non-vocal project and I found it quite liberating in that way,” Taylor told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay. “There’s more room for self-interpretation, deep and shallow thought, and atmosphere.”
Atmosphere is certainly prevalent on Limotint. The tracks blend into each other seamlessly, but each is its own environment, swerving the listener through one unexpected zone to the next. As intense as the trip becomes on this album, Taylor’s techno also contains aspects of extravagance, like one might find in a luxury ride.
“If a tinted limo pulled up behind a club,” Taylor said, “I would hope this album is what you would hear blaring out of it.”
Stream Vasoline’s Limotint below.
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