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Boomkat Product Review:
Hyperchromatic techno pulsers and refractive electronics from Kangding Ray, mounting his 8th album after 16 years of shapeshifting pursuits for Raster Noton and Stroboscopic Artefacts.
Now boss of his own domain with private label, ara, David Letellier aka Kangding Ray works at the speed of light with a newfound uptempo impetus and quickened flux of compositional flourishes in ‘Ultrachroma’. Presented as a “search for unseen colours beyond the visible spectrum” KR projects an iridescent display of colour-sound in 10 parts of ribboning rhythmelody and coruscating electronic textures that play deep into expectations of his sound while lucidly resonating with contemporary parallels in Plaid or Aleksi Perälä’s offbeat technoid explorations of tone, meter and timbre.
Dance music as dream material, ‘Ultrachroma’ is the sort of stuff that summons eyes-shut and synaesthetic sixth senses switched-on in the club. With a sort of synthy romance and thrust that bends light between the ‘70s prog staging of Jean-Michel Jarre and the fluid trance impulses of Second Woman, sweeping across a personalised harmonic spectrum. ‘Mauve Deepens’ plunges into a play of pizzicato synth-string plucks and lustrous subs set to a prickling technostep grid that morphs along electro/IDM/experimental footwork/150BPM axes throughout the album, with track titles such as ’Supraverde’ and ‘Late Coral Glow’ subtly echoing a natural nuance of the colour scheme.