Kalden Bess – Cold EP
Kalden Bess is back, this time on Sasha Carassi’s esteemed Phobiq imprint. The Canadian techno titan delivers the four track Cold EP that’s sure to fit in any techno DJ’s set.
The title track, Cold is a fairly bouncy affair. Drum fills pepper the track, creating a solid groove on top of a throbbing offbeat that pops off of every booming kick drum. Fancy little vocal samples flicker in and out providing additional character to an already solid production.
The next track, Awkward, is anything but. A consistent female vocal stab forms the base of the track, while other vocal snippets weave in and out, including a haunting and mysterious reference to ‘tiny happy people’. An ominious, dark reecey bassline is teased throughout, growling in the background, most evident during the break, in which we are given a brief respite before Bess drops us back into the action.
Studio 54 strips it back to basics. A plonky bouncy bassline guides us through this tune, while Kalden Bess’ trademark vocals echo amongst the whitenoise-esque percussion.
My favourite track of the EP, OG rounds off an already excellent EP. Perhaps the most ‘digital’ sounding of the group, a distinctive acidic bassline forms the foundation of the 8 minute long journey. Additional robotic-sounding layers are added, perfectly syncopating with the bassline, providing additional harmonies that really rub right on the pleasure centers of my brain. Bess uses hi-hats and rides to great effect, adding urgency and momentum to this atmospheric and ever evolving piece.
As with most releases on Phobiq, the entire EP is perfectly mixed. Each track features a clear and thunderous low end, meaty, thick mids that’ll tear your face off, and sparkling highs that really bring out the details in even the smallest pieces of percussion.Buy on Beatport