Kangding Ray “Tempered Inmid”

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Artist: Kangding Ray
Title: Tempered Inmid
Label: Stroboscopic Artefacts
Cat. #: SA017
Format: Vinyl, digital
Release Date: April 15th 2013
A1 Tempered Inmid
A2 Dimen Andesso
B1 Nuis Octury
B2 Ezerb Altren

For SA017 Kangding Ray brings an EP defined by dexterity: ‘Tempered Inmid’. It is a record which balances the deepest drum with the most celestial synth, weaving a legend of both menace and tenderness. Possessed of an underlying hiss, the title track surges to dampen its muscular beat with a fabric of warm melodies.  The discerning ‘Dimen Andesso’ is the Tempered’s partner, shuffling with a considered high-end and off-kilter pads. On the flip KR ramps up the pace in introducing the mendacious thumps of ‘Nuis Octury’, which he twists into a fever. But emblematically KR once more tempers. Closer ‘Ezerb Altren’ conjures the image and emotion of an underground lake: depth, resonance, and total, glacial serenity.

SA017 was craftily mastered by Artefacts Mastering, Berlin.

Words: Ben Clay


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