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Boomkat Product Review:
Smooth-as-you-like compilation of rustic electronics from Dutch label Knekelhuis with stand-out tracks from Lara Sarkissian, Salamanda, and SSIEGE.
Last year Knekelhuis released "and felt like...", an introspective 10-track compilation that compiled sounds in the spirit of Brian Eno and Jon Hassell. This time the label's unifying theme is "rustic gloom", and they've picked another wide-ranging group of artists to represent that. Chicago-based dub ambient operative Purelink is first up with the gossamer 'Personal Velocity', a 3XL/West Mineral axis segment of blunted bliss that perfectly sets the mood. Tammo Hesselink's 'Half Learned' is another early highlight, sounding like '90s AFX with downtempo bumps and xenharmonic synths that graze against wormy, forest rave warbles - there's a lot of half-baked Artificial Intelligence-era fetishism going on right now but this track actually takes us right back.
Armenian-American DJ/producer Lara Sarkissian gives us a glimpse of her new direction with 'Eternal Repose', a swirling sonic fairytale that layers microscopic field recordings with blossoming flutes, digi-fucked string plucks and delirious synths - we need a whole album on this tip immediately. Elsewhere Cypriot shoegazer Spivak evokes Slowdive on 'The Fucking Bed on the Floor' (she's talking about Berlin, right?), Civilistjävel! update AFX's "SAW II" lucidity on 'Fyrkant', and Italian producer SSIEGE ends the set on a high note with the "Ico" soundtrack-like 'Virgo Oscura'. Very lovely stuff all round.