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

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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Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 18th August 2012 4 Comments

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Warren DalyAdded by: Warren Daly | 14th August 2012 3 Comments

Breaks and Bass – Warren Daly – Podcast

Even more beats and bass

Warren Daly - DJ MIX - Beats and BassI’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.

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Tracklisting – Aritst – Track – Label

Monokle & Galun – Happy Sun – 12rec
A-Force – Young Tree – alphabetset
Hazy Memories – Sleepwalk – bandcamp
4cantons – Scherer8 – Brutal Attack Records
Stereo Silence – At the Night Walk – NeuroPlastic
Eagle Nebula – Waiting… – Blogspot
Monokle & Galun – Fine Care – 12rec
Sigmafly – Radio Sleep – Cut
Vapor Maché – Silk Loves Water – NeuroPlastic
undermine – iviag – Invisble Agent
Adapt – Venus Underwater – Bandcamp
Decal- Look So Fine – Invisible Agent
Ketsa – Rectification – Invisible Agent
Xtrngr – Bell mountain – Brutal Attack Records
paranerd – caught your tumble – One (Canada)

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