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Is another EP from D.K. about to land on Antinote barely a month after his last release? Well, this looks very much like a series and – spoiler alert – "Riding For A Fall EP" is the second installment in a trilogy.
With a BPM crossing the 120 line on 2 out of 3 tracks, there’s little doubt that this second 12” is also meant to be played in a club environment. The 9:37 min long "Voices" sprawls over the whole A-side. Like many production bearing the D.K. stamp, the structure is linear only in appearance: it winds up and down between fantasized exotic landscapes, digital plug-ins mimicking “far east” instruments that are barely recognizable. It gets even snakier with the Samurai Showdown-inspired "Shoubuari (Battle)": pixel swords brushing past our ears, martial drumming and menacing synths (D.K., were you the kind of kid who owned a Neo Geo?) - it’s pretty obvious that we’re in the world of SNK’s legendary fighting game. Things calm down with "Riding For A Fall": less button-mashing, more concentration as we’re witnessing the sacred martial art known as Street Fighter’s quarter circles… But enough with these video game metaphors! No need to be a pro-gamer to enjoy this piece of music. It’s sad & slow house music with a cinematographic quality – and, perhaps, the most moving moment in this series of 12”. To be continued…
Patrick says: Breathy, gliding house music from D.K. with nods to 90s video games and the melodies of the Far East here. "Voices" could be a classier relative of Watergate's "Heart Of Asia", "Shoubuari (Battle)" yin and yangs away with light (mallets) and shade (pads) before the titular "Riding For A Fall" gives us a moment of introspection, like the realisation we're actually androids programmed to think we're people.
2. Shoubuari (Battle)
3. Riding For A Fall