Premiere: Memory Play – Protect Your Joy


Control Freak Recordings share the debut EP from the Dialogue co-founder and one half of ASTYRD.

Days seemed to pass by in a blur; they no longer knew what date the calendar showed or what time the clock struck each hour. They extracted fragmented voices from the haze; noticed a change of light in the room; an all engulfing silence slowly taking over, but life was now indistinguishable from dreams and imagination. Like a series of over exposed photos left to wither and fade in a drawer or the fuzzy static that flickered on the TV, they were hovering high above, no longer playing a role in their own life, only watching it play out from the darkness…


London’s Control Freak Recordings have got a debut outing on their hands for their first release of 2023. It comes courtesy of Memory Play, the guise of Dialogue co-founder and one half of production and live duo ASYTRYD, Jo Kašpar. The first of two EPs (the second of which will be landing later this year on the label), these three rich techno mutations give us a window into Jo’s skilled and meticulous approach to sound designs. Generated on his hardware set up and honed during a three month residency, the music begins his journey into a more personal and conceptual sphere, where he can express himself freely and use performance as a ‘method of healing’.