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.
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.
London-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. Click here to pre-order
Added by: Warren Daly | 18th August 2012 4 Comments
I’m back with more beats as I mix it up with everything from Dubstep to Electro, Breakbeat to Drum and Bass. All Netlabel as always. Another fine edition to my expanding collection of podcasts. 3 Invisible Agent acts feature on this mix, Undermine, Decal, and a track from an upcoming album by Ketsa. Thanks to Basil for the cover photo of Rotterdam City, Netherlands. Another beautiful image from his Skanvas project.
Netlabel Music Recommendations
Neuroplastic is building up a fine back catalog of tasty bass music. Cut Records deliver even more super polished bass heavy tunes, pure quality. Big shout out to Andy a.k.a A-Force and the Irish collective alphabetset. Another phenomenal composition by adapt. The Netlabel scene is going from strength to strength these days. Enjoy the mix and be sure to leave a comment below.
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21 of the best Eomac tracks from the last three years
The very talented Eomac who released his mnk EP on Invisible Agent just a few months ago has compiled 21 of his unreleased tracks. Unreleased in this instance means they were queued up for release on a number of labels but for various reasons they were not published. What I am trying to say is, these are not ‘B side’ tracks by any means. A huge salvo of solid tracks with the best grimey, bass heavy, glitch, spaced out beats from this rising producer. Get some…
After a 3 week hiatus I’m back in South East Asia. During a 12 hour flight to Europe I found my previous podcasts invaluable for relaxation and to break the monotony of airport security. I’ve had several requests to make my mixes longer. So I’m going to try my best over the coming months to break 70 minutes on the beat orientated mixes and 90 minutes for the ambient excursions.
Sam Grinsell doesn’t normally do electronic orientated works, I like his fusion of guitar effects and distortion. I always take note of shares on Twitter by @vuzhmusic, for this mix I used a track by the one and only C. Reider.
Please check out a great new netlabel We Are All Ghosts, with a strong roster of artists including Apta, who will feature in a future mix, this label is off to a great start. In this mix I used a track by the very talented Cousin Silas.
I also highly recommend following Free Floating Music on twitter @ffloating and check out the amazing music released on the freefloatingmusic netlabel. Daniel Robert Lahey is a new find for me, another very talented artist who comes highly recommended.
An upcoming A new album by the very talented Ketsa entitled ‘Al Kemet’ will be available soon. To make this release even more special, each track has been interpreted by Cambodian female artist Dina Chhan. One of the 16 beautifully hand crafted wooden frames painted by Dina Chhan using acrylic paint can be yours to enjoy along side this fantastic album. (2 panels were used for the digital covers and have been given to Dominic, 14 panels, 1 for each track will be available soon)
Masterfully mixed 4/4 beats and bass with a tribal influence
Todd Elliott a.k.a Toaster steps up and shows off his mixing skills in this 1 hour mix of beats and bass. Not only is Todd a skilled DJ he composes beautiful music too. We’ve been belting this out in our office since we received it, we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we do. We regularly post Netlabel links and other goodies on Twitter. Alternatively join us on Google+ or Facebook or subscribe to our RSS feed. You can download all our podcasts here.
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