Two unique minds crafting modern-day electronic hypnotism.
At the root of Nick Lapien and Robin Koek’s Artefakt project is a shared love for melancholic,
hypnotic voodoo music. Their sound is pensive with deep, rich textures; long track lengths—often six-minutes-plus—give the duo an expansive framework in which to make small changes of texture and tone, creating cerebral, balanced atmospheres that absorb and engage.
Their own label De Stijl serves as a platform for their musical explorations and those of their close friends. The imprint’s inaugural EP, Far and Wide, a lesson in dancefloor-ready techno that prioritises mood and melancholy, preceded Monsoon, Artefakt’s second album, this time on Svreca’s mighty Semantica Records. Across eight tracks, the duo evidenced an intrinsic understanding of rhythmic structures, confirming their status as one of the most singular and emotionally evocative acts in contemporary techno.
After releasing two EPs on the legendary Dutch imprint Delsin Records, Koek and Lapien presented their debut album, Kinship, cementing their nuanced, atmospheric style while showcasing its breadth. It was the first big step in their ongoing pursuit to adopt techno as an art-form rather than a genre. The duo emphasized their long nurtured ambient roots, with the release of their third album ‘Days Bygone’ returning to their homebase Delsin Records. Reflecting the dynamic of the times, the album is a spacious introspective work interwoven with their signature airy textural rhythms.