Uk techno wizard Lee Gamble has been quiet for the past couple of years, remix obligations aside. Atmospheric and strangely melancholy, yet still immensely danceable, 'Kuang' is released ahead of long-awaited new album 'Koch' which comes out next month. Left-field and old school, and futuristic. All at once.
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- Kuang EP by Lee Gamble
7/10 Ant Staff review, 15 August 2014
Lee Gamble returns to PAN with the 'Kuang' 3 track EP kicking off with the decayed slowed down oldskool hardcore/ breakbeat of 'Kali Wave'; the fidelity sounding like a 6th generation dub from an old rave tape. It's kinda murky and swampy sounding and has that flashback feel of his acclaimed 'Diversions 1994-1696'. No doubt everyone will be going nuts about this, but really if this was dropped by a lesser known artist and not on a fashionable label like PAN then I doubt anybody would really give a shit about it. As the saying goes "You gotta know your past to find the future" but all this nostalgia in electronic music can ware a bit thin for me. This sound felt futuristic as fuck at the time, but is there really any need for lo-fi hardcore in the 21st Century?
Far more interesting is 'Mimas Skank' which adds a breath of fresh air to an old template, sitting somewhere between bleep n 'bass' and degraded acid filth with a chugging groove and crisp percussion it'll come in useful as a warm up party tool.
'Girl Drop' comprises the entire B-side of this transparent wax plate. A twelve and a half minute dubbed out melancholy cut that's reminiscent of Wolfgang Voigt's GAS work and Deepchord in ultra chilled mode. Within the gaseous atmospherics, old rave vamps appear to swell and recede slowly dissolving into the ether. Not a bad EP by any stretch and a pleasant listen. Just don't believe the hype.
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