Joe Silva (Tonepusher) – Memory Fade – Purespace Recordings

Joe Silva - Memory Fade

Artist: Joe Silva
Title: Memory Fade
Label: Purespace Recordings
Genre: House Music

Veteran Canadian producer Joe Silva, also known as one half of Tech-House duo Tonepusher has impressed with his superbly crafted full album titled ‘Memory Fade’ (Purespace Recordings).

Since his first LP nine years ago, Joe has spent his time bouncing between collaborations, film soundtracks, remixes, and live shows – with much of his attention given to the latter.

The release’s distinctiveness is on lush vocals, deep and stripped back Techno, with outliers providing additional range.

Joe began writing music as a teenager in Winipeg where his obsession for electronics sparked. He eventually discovered the world of synthesizers and it was love at first sight.

Releasing under the name ‘They Never Sleep’ in 1987, his first EP was in the vein of ‘new wave’ and it wasn’t until a stint of early ’90s clubbing in Europe that he cemented his love for House music.

His productions have found their way onto labels like Stickman, Viva! Guesthouse and Nordic Trax. He’s also stepped into composing roles, scoring seven feature films and dozens of shorts, documentaries, and commercials.


The album opens up with a sultry yet chunky piano gem in “Far Away” with a lovely voice of Sherry St. Germain.

“Sanctuary” follows, shaded in total cool with jazzy scat-style singing from Helen White, accompanied by the keys to match.

Gears shift as “Gonna Leave U” displays an uncanny mastery of Deep House’s best qualities: deep chords, body shattering lows, and Mariana’s emotionally charged vocals driving the majority of the track.

It’s the space-creating, hypnotic dub effects, rhythmic guitars, and stabs however that really send things spiralling over the top.

Tapping into a heavier and more complex Techno sound, “Memory Fade” winds its way to a halt at times, maximizing on its tension building momentum. With over half the album left to discover.

Editor’s Sidenote: There are no shortages of nuances to be uncovered or things to like about Silva’s return – great release indeed.