Boomkat Product Review:
Incredibly absorbing studies in ambient-textural tension/release from Parisian artist Isham Kouidri on the EN X PL series initiated by Nick Klein’s Psychic Liberation and Maine, USA’s Enmossed labels
In a humbly innovative fashion, ’All I See Is Blue’ sees Kouidri juice the most from a single piano loop, creating a string of interrelated but fizzing sonic environments from tactful, sometimes brutal manipulation of minimal input. ‘Through The Window’ wrests three parts of abraded textures that wheeze and sing with buckled, keening dynamics - think Thought Broadcast meets Tape Loop Orchestra at Philip Jeck’s gaff - while the further trio of parts to ‘Now He’s Gone’ explore more rhythmic impulses with rotted bass hits and needlingly bittersweet melodic shards collapsing into off world DMT-blast visions of a rarer kind.
Don’t sleep on this. A doozy for fans of Bellows, Thought Broadcast, Basic House.