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Boomkat Product Review:
Kasmir is a debut album for both artist and label: neither Vakant nor Onur Ozer have released full-length albums before. Of course, the old clichés suggest that techno and house music are genres that seldom produce decent albums, and are only really suited to the 12" format, but Ozer clearly approaches Kasmir with an overall vision, and this isn't some throwaway collection of unrelated tracks. The first thing that strikes you about Kasmir is the influence of a variety of musical traditions, ranging from Arabic and Turkish musics to jazz and even the odd plundering of the orchestral palette. After the piano and vocal-sampling micro house of 'Eclipse', Ozer incorporates some treated brass and chamber percussion sounds on 'Innervoice'. He maintains a strict, electronic 4/4 pulse, but there's a curious incorporation of instrumental sound sources that's reminiscent of Murcof circa his Martes album. Possibly the most successful marriage of electronics with acoustic elements comes on 'Seraglio', a piece that makes deft use of some woodwind, both as a melodic and rhythmic device. Smart, well-assembled stuff throughout.