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ARTIST
TITLE
Self Therapy
FORMAT
CD

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BNR 021CD BNR 021CD
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RELEASE DATE
12/10/2013

The word "prodigy" gets thrown around a little too often, but for Berlin-based Bryan Muller aka SCNTST, the term is somewhat unavoidable. Born in 1993 and raised in Munich on a diet of rock and hip-hop, SCNTST developed a love for intricate rhythms and sequences at an early age. This involved splitting time between playing drums in his father's band, experimenting with midi keyboards and building an understanding of melody and structure, the foundations of his now-trademark techno sound. Inspired by Paul Kalkbrenner's critically-acclaimed movie Berlin Calling and armed with a plethora of early influences ranging from Tiga and Boys Noize to J Dilla and Tyler The Creator, he started building tracks in Ableton. This led to a series of releases on a small American label before ditching trashy electro for a more advanced techno sound. With a far-reaching skill-set disproportionate to his age, it was only a matter of time before he drew the attention of Boysnoize Records at the age of just 17, dropping his first EP on Alex Ridha's electronica powerhouse in 2011. 2012's Premelodic Structures EP saw SCNTST expand his promise, pacing through the sounds of Baltimore, Detroit, London, and Berlin with his own unique sound creation and dynamic arrangement. Young prodigy? Audible savant of his time? From hypnotically progressive opener "Velour," the hard-hitting, bombastic club sounds of "Mintra," right through to the last dreamy keys of the closing title-track, Self Therapy is an unstoppable debut album by anyone's standards and regardless of any tag. With the release of his first full-length, it seems the boy from Munich has come of age.