Genre/Influences: IDM, minimal-electro, experimental-techno.
Background/Info: French artist/producer David Letellier is known as Kangding Ray. He has so far released a considerable number of productions on quality labels Raster-Noton and Stroboscopic Artefacts. Based in Berlin (Germany) he earlier this year launched his own label Ara. This 12” is the first release.
Content: Kangding Ray invites us to join his sophisticated world of IDM where elements such as irregular rhythms, space-like atmospheres and a countless number of little effects are noises are ruling over his work. The work features 3 danceable cuts plus a last atmospheric piece.
+ + + : The sound intelligence and elaborated writing of this artist both remain the keywords to understand the universe of this genius. Kangding Ray is truly a sound wizard which is mixing complexity together with danceable vibes. The songs are carried by sophisticated drum patterns, but in the end the work remains pretty accessible. The maxi features 4 different cuts, which is a good reason to put your finger on this record.
– – – : The complexity might be disturbing for some music lovers preferring linear rhythms. The title song is not my favorite one from the record.
Conclusion: This debut record released on David Letellier’s brand new label is a successful work, which will appeal to lovers of intelligent electronics mixed with great astral atmospheres while driven by danceable vibes!
Best songs: “Orcan Tears”, “Stone Sober Brushstrokes”, “Predawn Qualia”.