Pete Kuschnereit and Rene Lowe made their names respectively as Substance and Vainquer on Berlin's Chain Reaction label in the mid 90s. Lowe released what many cite as one of the label and genre's highpoints with Vainquer's Elevation album. The aesthetic of the (largely Berlin-based) scene is basically an ultra-deep take on techno, anchored kick pads and sublime textures working through a disorientating mist of digital atmospheres. Typically, core loops shift imperceptibly yet quake dizzyingly beneath the feet in a forest of digitally processed skyscrapers. A love for dub and dancehall sees these elements bent to the Berliners requirements. The sound is always structurally minimalist yet texturally expansive, pounding four-to-the-floor roots allowing the mind to be taken away on a reverb-soaked magic carpet ride.
2002 saw the release of Scion Arrange and Process Basic Channel Tracks (Tresor). Here Kuschnereit and Lowe take the genre classics of fellow Berliners Basic Channel and the Ableton Live software developed by Monolake's Robert Henke to produce not so much a mix as one huge sonic definition of the scene. Fans and newcomers were so knocked over by the album that Scion now perform a live version, and this is what they'll be doing for us in the early hours of Sunday morning.