Limited Vinyl LP £14.99 UIQLP002
LP on UIQ, mastered and cut at D&M Berlin. Edition of 500 copies.
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The second full length (rkss was a mini-album?!) album for Lee Gamble’s UIQ label is, I reckon, the labels most straight-up dancefloor/club/warehouse/party/rave record to date.
Basically, it’s techno but in many ways, it’s not straight up techno at all. It’s 2019 and techno is evolving - you won’t find relentless 4/4 kicks and tedious mind-numbing loops here. NON Worldwide co-founder Nkisi has a really fresh approach to rhythm and percussion - tough yet groovy, funky and inventive. The ‘7 Directions’ that comprise the album are all 100% solid gear. I’ve been proper cranking this up for the past week and its boss. I reckon if you wanted to try and articulate to a person that had never consumed MDMA what the emotional and physical sensation was like without them ingesting the drug then this album would be perfect in relaying what it feels like - the relentless urge to move your body, pleasure, ecstasy, empathy, even a dash of melancholy. It’s all in here. Nkisi’s driving rhythms are the absolute skeleton of all these tracks, but they’re beyond functional. You could easily chill to this at home as you could get lost in the strobe lights and dry ice on a dancefloor.
It’s these really delicious, silky, warm, silvery synths she drapes and coats her percussion with that really elevate this record. These are the sounds that make you want to drift off, dream and transcend - eyes closed and you’re not on a dancefloor but riding the skies. The record could almost belong in a library or University as a utility to synthesize the effects of MDMA on humans, but it really belongs in a record bag - one bulging with dog eared sleeves -- as this is A1 DJ ammunition. But, having said that, it’s also a real pleasure to consume from start to finish in one session. Proper music for heads and feet that hits the sweet spot regardless of when and where you consume it.
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