“Al Kemet” is the Western interpretation of Egyptian magic… the phrase form which we draw the word “alchemy”. This is such an apt title for this release… because Ketsa has created something magical… he has created gold in his experimentations – Headphonaught
Mix 41 in the AgentCast series. The podcast series covers a range of genres, including but not confined to Bass, Electronica, Electro, Techno, Dubstep and Breaks. Essentially anything with a touch of electronics. I like to include high quality Netlabel music if possible. (Actually I do that a lot)
What’s in this mix?
Soothing soundscapes, down-tempo beats and ambient goodness await you in this 90 minute mix. It’s another all Netlabel podcast. Thanks to Alex for the cover photo of an isolated footbridge near Ballycastle, Ireland. Check out Alex’s photo blog for more excellent photographs.
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Meandering through electronica, ambient, and improvised recordings, I discovered some excellent artists I’ve never heard before. All 13 tracks are recommendations, but I usually mention artists I’ve just discovered. Please don’t get upset if I didn’t mention you, I’ve either recommended you before or I’m about to use more of your excellent creations in an upcoming mix. If you’re at the helm of a netlabel I try my best to promote you on my netlabel review.
Chris Whitehead‘s release South Gare combines natural and industrial sounds and explores sonic spaces between them. A perfect mix of such wonderful field recordings. Chris is certainly another artist for the RSS feeder. Nigul has a treasure trove of Ambient compositions available on Bandcamp. He’s been producing since 2005 and is another purveyor of quality netlabel music. I included a track by Hirobeep, he likes to produce retro 303 infused electro. However, Belt of Orion is very laid back and a great example of his diversity.
A new Netlabel and definitely one to watch out for is We Are All Ghosts. Started by Thomas Mathie aka Headphonaught. Based in Scotland this fabulous netlabel specializes in Ambient Electronic Soundscapes and other genres. I thoroughly enjoy Apta‘s melodic post-rock electronica. I can’t wait to hear more from this Netlabel and from Apta.
So, there you have it. Enough genre boxing, now it’s time to get on with the music. I hope you enjoy the mix, please leave comments below.
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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