Russell E.L. Butler’s Distorted New Techno Track Explores Societal Contradictions

Oakland producer Russell E.L. Butler has been through many musical mutations over the past few years, from heavy synth jams as Black Jeans to reflective techno melodies under his own name. More recently, his sound has taken on a disintegrating quality, with notes pushed to the point of distortion. His new one, “MANIPULATE,” is a deeply evocative audio-visual single that was made in collaboration with artist Ian Colon.

With layered video clips and increasingly anxious sounds, Butler and Colon build a picture of “the sense of contradiction and frustration that we feel as people of color living in the Bay Area working for institutions engaged in societal change.” Watch below, and then scroll down to read a full statement from the two artists, download the single, and check out upcoming tour dates.

Tour dates

May 18 – Moogfest, Pinhook, Durham, NC
May 28 – Holodeck Records Showcase, El Club, Detroit, MI
June 8 – Intersection Featuring Xango, The Legionnaire Saloon, Oakland, CA
July 8 – Lights Down Low, Monarch, San Francisco, CA
July 28 – Intersection Featuring Fela Kutchii, The Legionnaire Saloon, Oakland, CA
August 12 – Interesection Featuring Odi Me, The Legionnaire Saloon, Oakland, CA
September 9 – Room 4 Resistance, ://About:Blank, Berlin, Germany

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