Burn Slow, Chris Liebing's first album for Mute, features vocal contributions from a diverse range of artists including Miles Cooper Seaton (Akron / Family), labelmate Polly Scattergood (On Dead Waves), Cold Cave, Aleen and Gary Numan. Burn Slow is a minimalist electronic epic and the start of a new chapter for one of techno's leading authorities. It might not be what you expect for a DJ synonymous with fast, hard, and heavy techno, but according to Liebing, he's always been something of a slow starter. "I've wanted to do something like Burn Slow all my life," he says.
While retaining the framework of the techno beats that Liebing has dedicated his life to for the past 25 years, here he also seeks out new harmonic territories, taking aim at the heart rather than the feet, in order to tackle some deep themes. The key concept of presence – the idea that everything is happening in this moment, and that everything in the past is mere memory – forms the thematic backbone of the record. It's something Liebing got in touch with via the philosopher Alan Watts, not to mention decades of getting entire dancefloors lost in the present.
"If people would stay in the now, everything in the world would just have a bit more harmony," explains Liebing. He teamed up with Ralf Hildenbeutel for Burn Slow (a key part of the long since defunct Eye Q family). It was at Hildenbeutel's Frankfurt studio where Liebing began drifting into new territory with his new musical "enabler."