A2: Elevator Cycle
A3: Fucker Cycle
B2: Disflex Cycle
B3: Strip On It Cycle
Style: Minimal, Techno
Founded in late '94 in a dark basement in Vienna, the brainchild of Martin Retschitzegger and Michael Peter, Central Records would become known as one of Austria's most prominent electronic labels, focusing primarily on Minimal Techno. Since it's inception, up to its final release in 2005, the duo recorded under many different aliases: Skinless Brothers, Memory Foundation, Rhythmiker, and of course the project that kicked the label off, Ratio. Debuting with "Transfer" in '95, they quickly found an audience in the globally emerging Minimal scene, drawing the attention of prominent figures such as the originator of Minimal himself Robert Hood, as well as Daniel Bell, another well-established DJ and producer from Detroit. Both released works from the Austrian duo on their respective labels, introducing the US crowd to a European interpretation of the genre.
Much of Ratio's early output was catered toward DJ use, as evident both by the production, as well as the abundance of locked groove tracks scattered across the records. It should be of no surprise that their records were favorites among the likes of Richie Hawtin, DJ Stingray and of course Claude Young, who did an exclusive mix of the label's material. "Interrupt" marked the Central's third release, a 12" consisting of 4 tracks and 4 locked grooves, none of them being explicitly listed on the record itself. Although this was common for early Central releases, the tracks were later named on their SoundCloud.
While all the tracks featured on the EP represent Minimal Techno at its coldest and grittiest, the final track "Nitrodub" stands out, being echoic and dubby, casting aside the sinister undertones present in the preceeding tracks. Although quite uncharacteristic for Ratio, it more closely resembles tracks that the duo produced under the Hi-Lo moniker for Central's sister label: Grow! Records.