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Ketsa’s new album ‘Al Kemet’ – Meditative Yet Energising

Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly
18th August 2012

Ketsa creates something magical

Al Kemet – the Western interpretation of Egyptian magic, from which is drawn the word Alchemy, a mixture and blend of the familiar and the exotic, the known and the unknown, the comforting and the unsettling, disparate elements fused together to create something new and unique, far greater than the sum of its parts. Al Kemet is the debut release from London musician Dominic Giam under his Ketsa moniker on the international net label, Invisible Agent.



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Meditative yet energising

Down-tempo yet exuberant, meditative yet energising, hypnotic yet startling, Al Kemet is the soundtrack of an imagined cosmopolitan existence where dividing lines are replaced by charcoal smudges and barriers dissolve like chalk drawings on a path washed away by a summer’s rain. From the album’s opening track Solution where glitchy London beats travel comfortably along with sweeping echoes of Eastern soundscapes, through to the jazzy breaks of Distillation with its playful piano work that turns inward and contemplative when accompanying the wrenching repeated mantra of Purification, from the squelchy bass and tabla slaps that knit together the altogether darker Calcination through to the clipped shuffle-echoes of dubstep that permeate much of the album, breaking free at last in a hidden track that bounces along at the end as a cheeky celebration of all that has come before, Al Kemet is a heady thaumaturgical blend that is indeed greater than the sum of its parts.

Paintings by Dina Chhan, Cambodian artist, sculptor, painter.

Fusion of live instrumentation

Ketsa’s fusion of live instrumentation laid down over worked electronica has in the past echoed the dreamscapes of Boards of Canada and the glitch-hop of Prefuse 73, but here he creates something that he can definitively call his own, something that delivers new complexities with each listening and tells a different story every time. Accompanied by a series of 15 painted panels from the Cambodian artist Chhan Dina, one for each track, that capture the album’s sonic fusion of traditions in a synesthetic explosion of colour, Al Kemet is out now on Invisible Agent.

About Ketsa

Dominic Giam - KetsaLondon-based Dominic Giam is a veteran musician, DJ and producer, performing since 1997 under both his now retired ‘Shaolin’ alias and his current ‘Ketsa’ incarnation. Previous albums have been released by Soapsud City, End Daze Recordings and BFW, while his tracks have featured on numerous compilations including releases from Stutgartt’s Mutan Records and Primate Endangered Species. This is his first release with Invisible Agent.
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Ketsa’s new album ‘Al Kemet’ – Meditative Yet Energising: 4 Comments

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  1. Billy T James / August 18th, 2012 3:52 PM

    very cool review by Thomas over at Headphonaught


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    Invisible Agent / August 19th, 2012 1:12 AM

    encouraging comments regarding Dina Chhan’s paintings


  3. Jared / August 20th, 2012 1:39 AM

    How to: Pre order? I need, I want!


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    Invisible Agent / August 20th, 2012 2:40 AM

    Dear Jared,
    Pre order the audio here
    if you wish to purchase a painting please email and indicate the panel your are interested in.
    Each has a name and number. Please be aware that sales will be made today and that painting 3 (Evaporation) and 15 (Al Kemet) are already sold.


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