Boomkat Product Review:
After supplying remixes for Piano Magic (mm 008), Tied & Tickled Trio (mm014) and Bomb The Bass (mm 018) as well as tracks for the "Blue Skied an‚ Clear„ compilation (mm 030) with fellow producers Jesper Skanning (aka Acustic) and Anders Remmer (aka Dub Tractor) under their Future 3 guise, Morr now drops the beautifully crafted six tracker "Sometimes". "Sometimes" has been produced within the last two years, since co-writing and producing two tracks on Bjork's "Verspertine„ album ('undo' and 'cocoon') and remixing "aurora", hand-picked along with Herbert and Matmos precisely for the amazing production possibilities. Thomas Knak has struck us all with a perfectly balanced relation of organic sounds, sampled instruments like acoustic guitars, flutes and a piano as well as subtle digital manipulations and intricate beat programming. Knak knows how to provide his music with a spatial quality that clearly comes from his experience with dub as a production technique. At the same time, Opiate never drenches his compositions in layers of delay and reverb: the six tracks here are as organised as they are emotionally touching. 'Amstel' sets a Satie like piano line against doubled up rim shots, 'Stp!' pierces fabulous rhythm programming with the same tonal mastery of the piano, as well as a more rambunctious digital stab familiar perhaps from jamaican productions. The track 'for Brian Alfred', was inspired by said Mr. Alfred, who invited Opiate, and the likes of Nobukazu Takemura and Pan American to set music to his paintings. The music inspired his show at Max Protetch gallery, N.Y.C in october 2002. 'Snow Story' is the closest the album gets to a rural kind of sound, yet still retains the refined relationship to dub. Head forwards to the closer 'opiTTT' and you'll see Knak at play within the version, using cymbal and shuddering, bowed bass effects to provide an awesome width to his productions. Thomas Knak calls himself 'a slow producer', although he couldn't be further from lassitude. He still runs his label Hobby Industries and alongside his other co-production id's Future 3 and System, who released their debut album on Pole's ~Scape imprint, he has been active for numerous other labels, contributing the split release with Dub Tractor on City Centre Offices, tracks for Tim Simenon's Electric Tones imprint as well as collaborative work with Carsten Nicolai (aka Alva Noto) on the Opto-file project. Thomas is about to start working on his first feature film score for the danish director Christoffer Boe. On this evidence the genre should suit the depth and density of Knak's productions perfectly. Highly recommended.