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Artist: Kangding Ray (@)
Title: The Pentaki Slopes
Format: 12"
Label: Raster-Noton (@)
Distributor: Forced Exposure
Rated: *****
Carsten Nicolai's label Raster-Noton ends 2012 with a bang by means of David Letellier aka Kangding Ray, one of the most interesting scions from Berlin electronic music garden. In spite of the temporary restraint of the experimental vein he let palpitate on his previous releases, with the exception of the track on the ridge, "Plateau (A Single Source Of Truth)", which vaguely retraces the subtly ethereal haziness of "OR", and its temporal conciceness, "The Pentaki Slopes" could be properly considered as a mini-album due to its structure and conceptual framework. Named after the fabled Pentaki mountain, the fictional cypher of the releases focuses on its imaginary climbing: according to the tale, the troublesome hike from northern slope gets rewarded by the reaching of a place called the "single source of truth", all-desired destination for lonely sould and spiritual gurus, which cannot be reached by way of the most luxuriant southern slope, which represents the illusory path. Such an allegorical adventure looks partially mirrored by the tracks of the release: while the initial "North" sounds abrasive, steep, hypnotical and somewhat vertiginous and the following above-mentioned "Plateau (A Single Source Of Truth)", which has been blended seamless, sounds fuggier and somewhat mysterious, the precise 4/4 cuts, the suffocated bumps and the choo-choo-like electromechanical movement on "South" could let the listener imagine an endless train trip which stops on lower and lower altitudes even if their traveller made it to reach the summit.



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