Influences: SSTROM – Drenched

One half of enigmatic techno duo SHXCXCHCXSH, SSTROM reveals the music that influenced his three EP series, Drenched.

SSTROM is the project of Hannes Stenström, once part of Swedish band Slagsmålsklubben, and one half of SHXCXCHCXSH. SSTROM’s output is explicitly immersive, relying on tense immediacy and spontaneity. The subtle 4×4 pulsations frame vivid narratives, rich layers of texture with lush harmonies surfacing from the warm and alien flow.

The Swedish producer has appeared on Semantica with his debut EP Fyren in 2016 before launching his own imprint Rösten one year later with his SHXCXCHCXSH partner. SSTROM initially released Vitriol ‎EP and Otider album in 2018, before coming back on Rösten with Drenched, a 12 track release divided into 3 EPs, each to be released three weeks apart.

Drenched came to life after he broke his computer by spilling a drink on it. It forced him to try out different techniques of composing and recording. With limited ways of working, a more minimalistic form of expression emerged, based on very short but mind-bending harmonic structures and layered pulsations. The process resulted in the outcome of his three-part release, Drenched, and the artist reveals the music that influenced it.

Arthur Russell - Treehouse

Soul Jazz Records
2003

SSTROM: I fell in love with Arthur’s later delay/reverb excursions when I was younger and I’m still amazed by them.

Stanislav Tolkachev - Blue Mood

Funque Droppings/Randominde
2006

S: Some years later, I found Stanislav’s digital archive Randominde, which seems to be down now. It was like discovering Arthur Russell again but in a techno format.

Terrence Dixon - Frequencies Different

Tresor
2017

S: Love most of Terrence’s warm and minimalistic work.

Universal Indicator - Red A2

Rephlex
1992

S: A kick drum and a bassline thru a reverb is basically all you need.

Keith Fullerton Whitman - Stereo Music For Farfisa Compact Duo Deluxe, Drum kit

Kranky
2005

S: Keith has done many amazing tunes, this is one of them.

Max Loderbauer - Jea

Non Standard Productions
2013

S: I love the very improvised feeling in this arpeggio.

Terry Riley - Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band

Columbia Masterworks
1969

S: Not sure how many beards are on this list yet, but here’s a really grey one.

Caterina Barbieri - Fantas

Editions Mego
2019

S: It just came out, but I believe it’s already a classic.

Virgin Prunes - Red Nettle

Baby Records
1985

S: I’m not sure what’s so amazing about this track but it’s been following me.

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