Minneapolis’s Jon Hester spent years as a dancer before he even touched the decks. This proper musical education was a vital one that has served him well once he stepped to the other side and found his own voice as both a DJ and producer. That voice shines through on his new EP for Transmat, which comes after other highly regarded outings on taste-making techno labels Dystopian, Deeply Rooted and Rekids.
Hester has held various residences, worked in a record shop and even hosted his own parties, all of which have helped further his understanding of rhythm and emotion. He puts all that into his music, never forgetting the dancers and his own love of physical drums and adventurous programming.
His latest musical story kicks off with ‘Dimension Seven’, a forceful journey to the cosmos, with a lead synth that twists and turns to bring untold cosmic drama. Sleek claps peel off the frictionless groove and deepen the effect as you’re disconnected from reality. ‘Return’ keeps up the pace as you come up through the clouds, with serene pads coming direct from the heavens to your heart, and accented drums reminding you of the sleek, futuristic roots of techno. Lastly, 'Onward' showcases Hester’s peerless drum programming as his cantering kicks carry you away beneath astral night skies. Timeless and evocative, this is music that encourages you to dream while giving yourself over to the groove.
Hester’s music is for dancers, for lovers of rhythm and those who like to lose themselves in the eternity of a loop and the beauty of a synth that speaks to the soul.
Published: 7th June 2021