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Kane Ikin – Sublunar – 12k

Posted in Reviews: Electronic by remotethoughts on October 30, 2012

Kane Ikin - Sublunar

As one part of Solo Andata, you may well be familiar with Kane Ikin’s music. What you may not be prepared for, however, is the sheer immediacy of this release and all its myriad influences.

Having enjoyed his EP release on 12k, this album proves to be an an interesting and startling counterpoint to that work. This, for the most part, is 12k doing Witch House. And I don’t use that term lightly.

For all it’s trend-driven foibles, Witch House has given the listener a lot to be excited about over the last 3 years. Balam Acab and OoOOoo (or however you spell it…) being two of the most striking examples. Where Kane Ikin trumps them, in my opinion, is the delicacy with which he introduces ghostly sounds into the mix.

This has turned out to be one of the most unusually rhythmic releases on the label in recent times, albeit with an incredibly minimal slant on things. And while the beats are there in abundance, they play second fiddle to the delicious range of tones and textures, whilst underpinning most of the tracks.

The feeling of emptiness and space is beautifully balanced with a keen sense of dense sound design that keeps each track fresh. The melodies are fragile and sparse, but tangibly ‘there’, if you see what I mean.

Imagine an act like Balam Acab, for example, being put through the reverb wringer and coming out sounding as drenched in echo, delay and drone as you can consider possible. And it doesn’t have a single pitched up vocal anywhere in sight. That alone has to mark it out for a considerable amount of bonus points.

In essence this is a 12k release first and foremost. But the references to other types of music are abundant and simply can’t be ignored. Simply, this is one of the most engaging albums of the year for the 12k imprint.

Check it here: 12k

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