Following one of her most successful years in the studio to date, internationally celebrated US techno sensation Michelle Sparks steamrollers into the New Year as she unveils her next huge release on the one and only Octopus Recordings with Yakuza.
Out today, January 7, the relentless six-minute cut delivers everything we’ve come to expect and more from the Phoenix-based artiste, who was specially selected by head honcho Sian to open the brand new Warehouse Focus VA compilation on the label’s more underground leaning subsidiary, Octopus Warehouse Series.
Pounding basslines, acid hooks and frenetic rhythms ignite the five-track package, as Michelle takes us on an intense peak time journey through the impressive compilation opener. Known for her experimental soundscapes and hard-hitting atmospheres, Michelle’s uniquely underground treatment on Yakuza is both wonderfully dark and hypnotic, engaging the listener from the very first kickdrum. Complete with incredible complexity, energy and intricacy across its duration, Michelle capitalises on her innate ability to draw you into a dark, industrial construct, as she explores a remarkable array of timbres from across the techno spectrum.
Speaking about the release, Michelle commented:
“Yakuza came about over the summer while working in my studio. It’s got a heavy bit of driving dancefloor energy and a sprinkle of dark dystopian fervor, drenched in some raw, acid-infused warehouse vibes.”
Projecting a forward-leaning sound infused with deep musicality and raw, stripped-back minimalism, Michelle’s productions display a hyper-focused and extraordinarily skilled artist, intent on pushing the envelope. Recognised across the industry for her uniquely atmospheric and futuristic sonic palate, her ability to synergize complex textures with underground rave aesthetics is second to none, as she continues to explore the limitless boundaries of techno with her trademark minimal grooves and dark, stirring melodies.
Michelle Sparks – Yakuza is out now via Octopus Warehouse Series as part of the January 2022 Warehouse Focus VA Compilation.
Artist: Michelle Sparks
Title: Death Valley EP
Release Date: January 7, 2022
Label: Octopus Warehouse Series