Saturday, 2 March 2013

Review: Killawatt - Press On / Tantra [OSMUK026]

Further expressing his techno lean with this latest offering on Kryptic Minds' Osiris Music UK, 'Press On' and 'Tantra' see Killawatt expressing a newly-grounded confidence in his natural production abilities; and whist describing something as "experimental" is an approach more commonly used for delivering a poorly-disguised insult, this is a territory into which Killawatt has dipped carefully and, arguably resultantly, successfully on this release.

The lead track is, as its introduction suggests, a study in rhythm and percussion as the tune is lead on by a whirling range of beats and blips: the distinctive tick of each percussive sound being played off against one another to create an intricate, beats-based melody. And yet, despite the apparent absence of a traditional catching melody, there is a hook there, and one which draws subtle attention to Killawatt's ever-developing accomplishment when it comes to arrangement. The flip, 'Tantra', re-balances the record with a more familiar skulking step to it and a sub-line that nods to the jungle influence that is never far from his work and will always do the damage on the dancefloor.

Killawatt - Press On / Tantra [OSMUK026] will be released on March 1st and is available to pre-order now from the Osiris Music Surus store.


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