With previous releases on 12K, Kesh Recordings, and This Thing Records and Tapes, as well as being in groups Coup d'état and Solo Andata - Melbourne based experimental producer Kane Ikin makes the natural step over to Type for his latest album. Deep, explorative and rhythmic. For fans of Loscil, Thomas Köner, Deaf Center. So basically, Type… If like Type..
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- Modern Pressure by Kane Ikin
8/10 Ant Staff review, 28 April 2016
Modern Pressure eh! Tell me about it, man. My iCloud password is playing up and I’m visualising myself taking a flight to Apple HQ with a Samurai Sword. Oh hang on, they’ll not let me on a plane with a weapon… I haven’t really thought this one out...
Currently easing the stress is this thoroughly enjoyable album offering from Melbourne based artist Kane Ikin (12k, Kesh, Coup d'état, Solo Andata). ‘Modern Pressure’ effortlessly transporting me to another place entirely. If you’ve not heard this guy before then go and grab his Blowing Up The Workshop MP3 for a taste. Or better yet get stuck into this ‘Modern Pressure’ LP on Type which is like sludgy tempo, narcotic, bass heavy techno with a generally dark atmosphere but not the usual apocalyptic industrial affair.
The vibe I get from this is more like being in a jungle on some unspecified planet, lost in the darkness, trudging through swamps and generally trying to avoid shit that can kill you. The throbbing stomp and growl of the opening cut ‘Partial’ is like being hunted down by a herd of Cyborg Wooly Mammoths.
Rhythmically it kinda makes me think of a more organic sounding Monolake and the heavy atmospheric feel throughout recalls bits of Raime, Oake, Simon Shreeve etc. Lots of low end bleak sound palette punctured nicely with more top end futuristic zappy electronics. Well worth checking out I reckon.
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