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New year, new UMOR tape batch! Granted it's March by now but let me live. Kohl offers some melodies here while deviating through forms that ambient's lived through and new ones it could take on. Dub techno makes an appearance, but the record maintains warm, textural bliss in every shift it takes.

Limited Tape £8.99 UR108

Limited cassette tape on Umor Rex. Edition of 120 numbered copies inside recycled stock cardboard box.

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Learned Ethics / Imposed Ethics by Kohl
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8/10 Jamie 04 April 2018

It’s time, readers, for the second of today’s influx of new and novel delights from ‘Hand-numbered-120-copies-on-cassette-only-please’ Umor Rex and as ever, it’s Pro-Dubbed Chrome Plus. (But don’t worry, of course there’s a download card included). This one’s from Kohl, and it’s as warm and fuzzy as a flotation tank full of cat hair.

Kohl is -- fact fans -- NYC-dwelling Nathaniel Young (cool name) and he grafts somewhere within the murky, misty realms of electronic dub; whereby sounds spin off gently rotating textures and pitched-down polyrhythms. With some undercurrents of very deep, sub-aquatic bass for good measure.

‘Learned Ethics / Imposed Ethics’ lies sonically in the midst of (uppercase) Dub and (lowercase) dub techno. The balmy overtures, shifting chord patterns and sharp edges of melody with which Young infuses his music are what sets his work apart from the majority of his peers. It’s pretty lush stuff and I’m enjoying the flow. Just take care not to get swept away, please.


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