Boomkat Product Review:
Kanding Ray's 2008 LP Automne Fold is one of the stand-out Raster-Noton releases of recent years; within it, David Letellier managed to impose a unique pop sensibility and structure upon the kind of disciplined, fanatically detailed brand of computer music that's relatively common to his label brethren. For OR, his third LP to date, the producer offers a similarly focussed, bass-fuelled attack in a bid to depict "the disillusions of modern civilizations"; the title is a reference to the English word indicating the possibility of another choice, and to the French word for gold, a substance which has retained its value over many thousands of years - both ideas pertinent to Kangding Ray's critique of a global economy and culture gone awry. Ben Frost plays keyboards, Rose Tizane Merrilland lends her voice to 'Monsters', and Magne Mostue to 'Coracoid Process' and a vocal edit of last year's single 'Pruitt Igoe'. Highlights come in the shape of jackhammering industrial stepper 'Athem' and 'Leavaila Scheme', the only R-N track we can think of that so prominently features guitar (albeit heavily distorted). It's another fierce and singular statement from Kangding Ray, surely one of the most interesting electronic artists operating today, and as recommended to fans of sub-heay techno/dubstep from Sandwell District, Anstam, T++ and Andy Stott as it is to R-N regulars.