Thursday, September 24, 2020
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Artist: Kantyze (@)
Title: Mutation EP
Format: Download Only (MP3 + Lossless)
Label: Free Love Digi (@)
Rated: *****
Even if they recently landed on Free Love Digi's evergrowing catalogue, the project, named in a way - Kantyze - that could excite lovers of Kant's philosophy, quantum-based physics and any possible intersection of these branches of human knowledge, by French duo made up of Igor 'Knockoutz' Denat and Frederic 'Feubo' Bauffe with the support of Bernard William aka Dj Ben, is not new to the scene. We already introduced some of their outputs on m-Atome, their own imprint, the label through which they dropped their self-named debut album in 2005, and maybe some releases on IM:Ltd, a drum N bass/dubstep label we occasionally focused on. This digital album on Quentin Hiatus' imprint enwraps nine tracks, sounding quite different from what I previously heard from these folks. First of all, they remarkably decelerate the rhythmical pattern in many parts of the album; furthermore, they seem to prefer saturators like glitchy or dirty sonorities and a smidgen of estragons to the reverb by which they filtered some sounds. The fact that this album was titled "Mutation" underlies the recognition of such a stylistic change (or mutation!). And it's well known that the effects of mutations are unforeseeable and sometimes dangerous, but as far as I listen, they gained some interesting results, particularly when they keep the indicator of bpm on higher levels. The hoarding of laser beams, smudged rhythmical patterns, and crumpled mid-tempo aren't always so intriguing in my opinion: tracks like "Franco Un-American" or "Kyber" as well as the opening - "Has It Ever Occurred" - and the final - "The Bonus Song" - ones dock with some mutations of drumstep and trap, but they often sound like exercise of safe forced landing. On the other side, tracks like "Cipher" or "Expanse" doesn't really rise the speed of the rhythm, but the malignant contorsion they forged are much more engaging, and I'd say the same for "Piece Of Cake " (even if one of the recipe - that alarm sound close to a preset of a Casio - could make some listener dyspeptic), but kantyze reaches its top on this album on the fastest rollers, such as "The Blastmaster" (in spite of that alien turkey chirping all over the track!) and the awesome headbanging "The Riddim".


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