“Creature Comfort” is a force to be reckoned with. Stripped-down, spacious and driving, Brennen Grey forges pure deep-end techno here. A classic modern beat pumps under a sporadic bassline and is carried aloft by the near hook-like hissing of enticing whispers.

Like a foot-moving sneak attack, it isn’t until feral rave chords stab in that the true energy of this tune is revealed. Denser layers of beats drop down, the dynamic winds up, and a build ricochets the whole ensemble into orbit. Brennen set out to make a brooding midnight number, “but in the end, I just couldn’t hold back at least one high-energy drop.” Treading right along the side of big-beat nostalgia, it has enough no-nonsense techno identity to both pump a crowd up to the next level and carry them off into the bliss. You can wrap your tendrils around Brennen Grey’s “Creature Comfort” next week by way of Octopus Recordings.

Available November 14 via Octopus Black label.

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