To celebrate their tenth birthday, the KANN label have put together fifteen original unmixed tracks into a bundle of the best part of two hours’ worth of mostly-mellow house and electronica.
Unusually, the promo for this release doesn’t include a tracklist- perhaps not to draw too much attention to the relatively small roster of artists who’ve contributed multiple tracks each, I’m honestly not sure- so I’m not sure who to attribute some of the tracks to. But I do know there are contributions from Innere Tueren and Eau Thermale, Art Alfie & Axel Boman, Underspreche and Perm, Mary Yalex and Philipp Matalla.
Sometimes it’s on the soft side, with gentle kicks and long drawn-out chord pads. “Malekula”, with its combination of 90’s-style breakbeat with more tribal patterning all laid out as a soft pad to some very expansive chord waves, is a prime sampler. “Thank U Again” is a lovely bright melodic number.
Sometimes though things get a little bit beefier, with “Against (Dub)”’s edgier kick and scream noises used as fills providing a warm embracing thump, and “Clean Bus” quite a Leftfield-esque arrangement of slow kick and swaggering bass. “Sequence” is quite a joyous dancefloor-friendly rumble.
“HEDGL” has a truly old-school trance flavour which, when followed by the decidedly Future Sound Of London-like “Island Jam”, makes you wonder whether these tracks have been unearthed from the halcyon days of the 90’s rather than made for this 2018 compilation.
As a back-to-back listen it shows how dedicated the KANN label is to a relatively narrow range of music- these tracks may be different recipes but they’re all the same style of cooking- so for home listening you might find yourself wishing for a bit more variation as you lose interest through “Cany”, or just dipping in rather than sitting down to the whole pack. As a DJ pack though this is a great bundle of dancefloor tools- in fact for some it might be a whole set’s worth if you’re feeling very cheeky- and for that environment this is a very strong birthday bundle.