Anonymity as function, without dressy mystique or the usual clutter of clichés. No makers hiding behind masks to escape celebrity, or past, or simple recognition. No purists. No activists. No no-nonsense. Just a quiet presence making strident, statement-free techno—because the dance floor is enough. This is Vault Series. Raw, powerful, punishing dance music delivered in covert—not for covert’s sake, unpolluted by tacked-on concepts or even track titles. This is distinct and deeply identifiable techno, conceived in the shadows to be consumed in the dark. A shared sound aesthetic, attained through individual routes. A collective. A label. Just music, and nothing more.
Relinquishing biographies and the usual promotional faff, Subjected and his two Vault Series cohorts Mørbeck and Sawlin have been steadily rising to prominence on the strength of their music alone. Since setting up Vault Series in 2010 as an independent platform for the trio’s shared sonic vision, the label has fast become a go-to for consistently gratifying basement-ready club music. Defined by its industrial hues, distorted edges, thundering basslines and a resolutely floor-focused disposition, the Vault Series sound is both unique and pertinent, separatist without introspect, and containing an awareness of context whilst following its own divergent trajectory. After twelve EPs that have continued to refine the message with an ever-widening bed of nuances, comes the first full-length release from the collective’s mastermind and chief Subjected.
Without compromising Vault Series ethics, ‘Zero’ is a concept-free and entirely frill-less dancefloor album that vends the label’s recognisable trademarks over ten advantageously assaulting tracks. Opening with swirling, ominous storm clouds on “M”, the album unfurls with signature Subjected textures and foreboding atmospheres, propelled by pistons and the steely functionality of solid industrial-facing frameworks. Resounding basslines growl throughout, reaching new depths on the dub-toned “Concept 3” and pealing “Rancor”, with clanging machinery and crushing distortion characterising tracks elsewhere, such as “SD1” and “VX800”. From warm up (“TG33”) to peak time (“Boom Boom”), hypnotic build (“Tool 1”) to broken technoid close, ‘Zero’ exhibits versatility and club-consciousness with design flair and intriguing craftsmanship. Welcome to the Vault.
released April 24, 2013
all songs written and produced by Subjected
mastering by Precision Berlin Mastering
artwork by Raoul G. Horvay