Premiere: Alan Fitzpatrick – Dead Beat Exile
There is no denying that Alan Fitzpatrick is already held in high regard among technoheads. Since his earlier years as a favorite on Drumcode and more recently with the launch of his label, We Are The Brave, unique tour concepts like his series of house party raves, and frequent appearances at the world’s top festivals, the UK producer has become a veritable force to be reckoned with. Fitzpatrick is one to continually push himself, however, and thus it’s with one of his most expansive EPs to date—a seven-piece 11:11 The Awakening—where he really feels is the mark of him stepping into his own.
The entire EP is diverse as ever, and comprised of complete stompers. In particular, “Dead Beat Exile” was a standout. The tune captures Fitzpatrick’s signature, big room techno sound while also paying homage to the past with acid tones and retro-inspired synth riffs. There’s quite a lot of classic inspiration spreading throughout the modern tech sphere today, but “Dead Beat Exile” is something special and doesn’t feel contrived. It’s perfect for summoning smiles on dance floors from open-air events to warehouse raves.