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Khidja & Balabas

Khidja Si Balabas

To sign off 2018, the label Malka Tuti have released a mega 4- tracker ep by Khida, in collaboration with their old-time friend from back home Mihai Balabas. The 4 different tracks were written over the past few years, slowly plotted produced and perfected, each in its own “twisted” direction. There are no dancefloor killers here, but instead 4 very unique voyages, experimental sonic excursions in time and space. It was the track Chloe that caught our attention, back in 2015. It's not a typical Khidja track, but the musicality and the composition in it reminded us of lost balearic moments. It made us reminisce on summery Sunday mornings back when life was still a bit more innocent, and naive. Out of our infatuation with that track came the idea of “sitting on it” until the right tracks will be ready, and here we are, more than 3 years later.

The Kloom originate from Dusseldorf feautring members from Autarkic, Naduve, Stabil Elite and more. "40 Gram Beton" is an atmospheric, Kraut-Balearic hybrid with delay-soaked vocals. The Kraut elements are electronic repetition and the crisp, Motorik beat. The Balearic elements are the rich, live instrumentation and laid back tempo. Together they combine to make something warm, inviting and stimulating; perfect for horizontal-favoured DJs to play out during the following cold months ahead. Die Wilde keeps the laid back tempo and wraps the whole thing in a thick early morning fog, instruments appearing like headlights over a hill as the track moves along, guiding by the strong live bass and delicately placed vocals. Khidja takes things to the mountain top, beating muffled floor toms when it reaches the top before announcing its motif across the flora rich valley beneath. An expansive and colourful take on the original which should please fans of Bjorn Torske and Prins Thomas. Finally, we get the distilled radio edit version, harking back to the original mix but doing away with any dreamy repetition (bloody hippies!) and keeping things succinct and direct - allowing the main vocal (which seems to have been lying in the shadows until now) the limelight. Wonderful stuff! Four explorations of one musical theme and each unearthing something new and intriguing.

Exactly one year after their sold-out debut album "Zest", Die Orangen (aka Dreems & Kris Baha) are zurück! No. 1 of two records, this first part consists of a new live version of the track "Yaranabe", recorded in a live session as part of the Duo’s infamous analogue live act. Electro-goths Tapan remix "Metal Man" into a sludgy crawl: depositing concentric analogue arpeggios onto a churning mechanics and a gate reverberated vox.

On the B-side lies Gordon Pohl’s reimagination of "Mersey River. The track's epic slow opening and evolution into rhythm resembles in many ways the psychedelic collaboration works of the late Pete Namlook & Move D on Namlooks own Fax records, which was always a significant influence on the Malka Tuti world. Super stuff here that'll no doubt appeal to all the slow-mo wigged-out warriors currently doing the rounds (Jon K, Nose Drip, Vladimir Ivkovic, Tolouse Low Trax etc etc).

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