Matthew Dear catapulted himself into the upper echelon of micro house producers in the early 2000s with a string of powerful releases that quickly made him an international DJ favorite. Despite the success he’d already earned, for more than a decade, Dear has been dipping in and out of side-projects under various alias, from False, to Jabberjaw and Audion – which particular project became his vehicle for producing aggressive, challenging techno.
Despite letting some of his aliases slip into hibernation for periods here and there while touring under his given name and opening arena shows for major acts like Depeche Mode and Interpol, Dear still managed to churn out 2 full-length albums and countless EPs, remixes and singles under his Audion alias. In 2016 however, Audion became a true priority for Dear, putting out two substantial releases. Mouth to Mouth 10, a 10-track collection of remixes of his 2006 dance-floor-shaking single “Mouth to Mouth,” featuring nine distinct takes on the original by various renown techno producers including Dense & Pike, Boys Noize and Dubfire. And then this past June he unveiled Alpha, a second proper full-length, and the first in eleven years for Audion, blending elements of German minimal techno, grime and robotic, baritone vocal samples.