The track “Ultra Vires” is a relentless synth-driven warehouse track mercilessly rolling at the speed of 140BPM. The video combines majestically protest footage from Gezi Park and Taksim, Istanbul, Turkey (2013), with the gritty details of New York City. The video’s alarming pace matches the track’s merciless, synth driven havoc. Underground techno at its finest.
Tom Palmers and Leo Rokita are the two video journalists who have captured the protests in Gezi Park and Taksim. On 28 May 2013, a wave of demonstrations and civil unrest began, initially to contest the urban development plan for Istanbul’s Taksim Gezi Park. The protests were sparked by outrage at the violent eviction of a sit-in at the park protesting the plan. Subsequently, supporting protests and strikes took place across Turkey, protesting a wide range of concerns at the core of which were issues of freedom of the press, of expression, assembly, and the government’s encroachment on Turkey’s secularism.
After Løt Te two standout vinyl EP’s on The Bunker New York, this politically charged release, has been put into images by Pablo Herrera with mastery, connecting Istanbul and New York through tunnels, as a form of representation of escape to freedom, but a capitalist freedom anyway.
Pablo Herrera is a New York based documentary filmmaker, well known in the electronic music industry for his project “Electrofilmika”, which promotes collaborative work between filmmakers and electronic musicians since 2008. Pablo is also known for his use of the documentary techniques to educate people and build community. His specialty in creating documentaries that are educational and help in social activism is masterful.
The Løt Te – “Ultra Vires” video has been co-produced by Nicole Gier, owner of the “New York Trax”, a Record label & Booking and Talent Management Agency based in Brooklyn. New York Trax is an outlet for New York electronic music produced strictly by artists based in New York. The records are pressed at a local plant, Brooklyn Vinyl Works, and mastered and distributed by the legendary Dietrich Schoenemann of Complete USA. New York Trax has released several EPs, the first one produced by Richard Hinge, a pioneer of electronic music in New York and a legendary proponent of New York techno since the early ’90s.
Listen to Løt Te – “Ultra Vires” and more tracks on the New York Trax Soundcloud.