(Artwork by Syd Mead via It’s Art)
The closest parallel to Kassem Mosse’s 19th Workshop release that we can think of right now is Metro Area – We don’t mean this in a sonic sense, this is a fuzzier, murkier affair with less disco purity, hybridised with minimal techno (in its maximal crescendos), and Juke (in its molecular phase-shifting riddims), but in its essential elegance, the un-contrived and grace-full way with which it creates a soundtrack for a party (that’s the functional part) but, more importantly, infiltrates the memories of our younger selves’ parties (that’s the emotional part).
Each track is a postcard from the chiaroscuro country of those hedonistic memories, or quasi-memories stitched together from fact, fiction and science-fiction, and therefore much more portentous than the humdrum shenanigans at thumping disco toilettes and sticky dance-floors that in reality most of that was. Paradise lost.
In track 2 of the first side, the spikes and swings of the journey are smoothed over with Fulton Funk bass-lines & synthetic arabesques stretching towards a future which is today, whence we look back with nostalgia, through the groove of time, into that collage of swinging bodies, orange lights, shadows and sighs where old dancers come to rest.
Kassem Mosse – Untitled A2
Go and get the album from Boomkat.
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(art is Strings by Bob May)
Love sounds like really good techno. Both have regenerative properties and their own rhythms.
If you saw our recent post on Colleen then you’ll know that recently we’ve been digging techno that sounds like it is breathing – like it’s a document of nature rather than a process of machines.
It should be a paradox that you’d cynically think can only be resolved in bad hippy trance. We think maybe all it takes is a little bit of heart and courage.
kurosounds – Butterfly Kiss
Butterfly Kiss might be the most banging track yet from Alex Photaki, who records a variety of musics under a variety of names – beautiful children’s music under her own name, “spiritual pop” as Wild and The Fox, and sparse, beautiful collages of electronic and organic sounds as kurosounds. It doesn’t shy away from its true nature as classic dance music – in fact, it’s almost ravey – but though epicurean in sensation the function of this music is not as a soundtrack for hedonism.
Nature glitters, and flutters. It has capricious moods and a swirl of seasons. Love makes the everyday more dramatic. Why shouldn’t dance music do the same?
Listen to more on Alex’s Soundcloud.
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