Tresor Records reveal the outcome of a new collaboration between two of techno music’s most remarkable artists: Maedon and Adam X. The Lion & The Ram is a unique and exciting hybrid of industrial, rave, and hypnotic techno sounds. The LP marks the full debut for both artists on Tresor Records, with Adam X having appeared for a remix of Neil Landstrumm in 1997. The unrelenting, dystopian single ‘Breathe It In’ kicks off the new collaboration, as Maedon X explain, “‘Breathe It In’ is our beloved hypnotic track on the album. The lyrics say it all. Humankind is blind to the spells cast on our minds. Everywhere you go you breathe it in.” You can catch Maedon X at Berlin’s Tresor 31 Festival where they’ll be debuting their live show.
Both Berlin-based, Maedon and Adam X have worked tirelessly over the forced lockdowns, finding a kindred spirit in locating and sculpting the most badass kick. This album is undoubtedly an impressive representation of the range of kick drum synthesis, from thunderous impacts to carefully tuned pulses. The duo’s competitiveness over kick drums has led to a masterpiece of mesmerizing techno. Across the thumping drums and sparse, mechanical soundscapes, every track on the album follows a journey into the dark and unknown.
Tracks grow with increasing power sourced from dystopian samples, such as Human Replacements, “people are being duplicated, there is something missing”. It reflects the stifled time we all spent, haunted by uncertainty, cooped up and seeking expression. Corrupt Pigs emphasises this with the refrain, “welcome to the land of fuck”. Crunching bass and rusty percussions gather as a herd, like a rallying call to signify that, at last, we may let loose. With its unrepentant rhythms and ruthlessly brutal sound design, The Lion & The Ram discharges Maedon and Adam X into daring new terrain. Follow @m_a_e_d_o_n @adamx_sonicgroove @maedon_x @tresorberlin The Lion & The Ram will be released via Tresor Records on September 30th, 2022: https://album.link/maedon-x