Boomkat Product Review:
Deeply narcotised balearia from Conrad Standish (husband of Jonnine, collaborator with Blanck Mass, HTRK) and Sam Karmel (F Ingers); making the slyest nod to Stockport’s Kevin and Lol as CS + Kreme with four cuts of sun-dazed balearic downstrokes to follow up the E+E reissue on Total Stasis.
There are some striking parallels between their home country, Australia, and Ibiza: they’re both too hot and favour pastel tones; therefore CS + Kreme’s blunted pop devotionals and gauzy beats make a lot of sense in context of their climates, and yet conversely translate just as well to nicotine-stained bedrooms in Manchester, and Berlin for that matter.
Working somewhere between HTRK’s opiated phosphorescence, Mika Vainio’s iciest downbeats and the urbane numbness of Tin Man’s Wasteland mini-LP, whilst also steeped in the most wistful tones of early ‘90s ambient music (check Terre Thaemlitz’s debut album), CS + Kreme distinguish themselves by the arresting addition of Standish’s vocals, which gently light up the the shadowy bassline and lingering new age vibes of Basic Instinct (Club Scene) on the front, and draw us fathoms inside their sexy creeper, Paw Paw.
A highly desirable record.