Vrika is the alias under which Fernando Blanco works in his most rhythmic form. His sound is a mixture of styles that ride between the environment/drone and the techno/dub. His elaboration in analogue and live performances gives it an aesthetic, raw, dirty and organic aesthetic that extends to its image and presentation. Currently, Vrika’s work is released on the Spanish label Doppt Zykkler series where he will soon release a new EP. In addition, RVD, a live/drone/dub project, has just started together with Discknocked and Randoom, two old acquaintances of the Dub Techno scene. Vrika has previously worked with other artists such as Victor Aguado (Rerrr) and various incursions into live performances (Matadero, Coam …). Dug Techno was born of the desire to discover & play timeless 12″s. He carries many influences into the diverse range of parties & performances he has organised or been a part of over the best part of a decade in London. Dug Techno believes progress and evolution are at the heart of Techno and the best is yet to come. But only through the modification, enhancement & subversion of Techno’s tropes can the genre’s boundaries be pushed out further into the unknown. Tonight’s New Faces are hosted by Refracted who has released some of his dub-techno on labels such as Connwax and Silent Season. Deep rhythms and atmospheric elements have always played a major role in Refracted‘s music. It is techno more as an idea and conduit, than as an easily-labeled sound. It is dance music where layered rhythms act almost on a neural, sub epidermal level, while moving and evolving soundscapes acquire a tactile, understated physicality. Paramount examples of this can be found on releases on Refracted‘s own Mind Express label and other top labels like Silent Season and Pole Group. Spiritual, almost meditative, his sets possess a kinetic energy as well, which is a clear indication of a DJ who knows the fundamental role of dancing as part of the ritual. Refracted wants to take us somewhere, the “where” being of our own choosing, the trail never being the most travelled.