Boomkat Product Review:
The history of Kandis is to some extent the history of Karaoke Kalk, too. Jens Massel is Kandis. But he also gave birth to two other projects: Senking and Fumble. All three together are quite different but somehow live in the same neighbourhood. Jens Massel is a sound exploring path-finder. He is a wilful guy, with an own definition of groove, a kind of stoical groove. Anyway always surpassing, astonishingly playful. And Jens Massel is the man behind nearly half of all Karaoke Kalk releases. Kandis 1996 - 1999 is a survey of tracks and songs which were so far only available on vinyl - and to those of you who are unfamiliar with the 'Kandis' sound - they are sure to be a real revelation. Wheras 'Senking' occupies itself with establushing fullness from a minimal construction (bleeps, blopps, tones, basslines) - Kandis is much more focused on a search for a groove. The tracks are still sparse, but the spaces are filled in with oozing warmth and a highly rhythmical, almost upbeat, happy feel. Highly Recommended.