Ataraxia

by Lou Karsh

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Melbourne talent Lou Karsh steps up for XK011 and delivers an astonishing EP of emotive acid and techno. With only a handful of releases on his own imprint, Lou Karsh Records, and under his evil reptilian alter ego (which shall not be exposed here), the maturity of these productions belies a relatively new hand… Watch out!

“Ataraxia” opens the A side and sets the tone with a huge off beat kick and sparse 909 drums. Neatly evolving through swelling pads and a sculpted 303 there’s something not too distant from the emotive power of early 808 State coupled with the lucid basslines of Phuture.“Infrared” is all punchy drums and crisp breaks shrouded in melancholic pad work and wistful melody… Recorded in one take the spontaneity bleeds into the groove, lead perfectly by a truly elastic bassline.

On the flip, “Robotnik” is a definite label favorite. Channeling the stripped back styles of early Jack Frost and the Acid Trax compilations, with a nod to their contemporaries Paranoid London; this one is red hot. Closing things out, Trouble in Paradise takes a more conventional 4x4 approach and utilizes a cavernous kick to underpin some big room techno. The 303 snakes in and out of view, the drums bite and hiss, and those ethereal pads keep us gazing for the sunrise…

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released February 2, 2018

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