Various Artists – Kaleidoscopic Minds II [Abartik]
Swiss label Abartik returns with its 2nd volume of the Kaleidoscopic Minds Various Artists series, laying out smooth techno sounds perfect for tropic summer days and impulsive club nights. Designed with immersive dub techno soundscapes, minimal and breaks, the record features Ben Buitendijk, Nick Beringer, Roger Gerressen, Matt & Mark Thibideau. The 12″ arrives in a limited hand-stamped number of copies.
An international beacon for underground electronic music, Abartik was launched back in 2012 in Basel and brings forward an amazing catalogue that features artists like Jerome.c, Brett Jacobs, Vid, Denis Kaznacheev, Traumer, Cosmjn, Lumieux, Mihai Pol and Christopher Ledger, among others. This material makes no exception from their top-quality releases so let’s dive in and explore the tracks in more detail.
Side A opens with Ben Buitendijk’s “Katai”, a deep composition that unfolds warm and spacious atmospheres, a rolling rhythm elegantly complemented by a bubbly pulsating bassline as well as filtered vocals here and there that contribute to the depth of this journey. Following, Nick Beringer takes the tempo up a notch with “Celsius”, dropping an uplifting minimalistic cut flavoured with an electric wobbling bassline, reverberated chords and subtle dub influences.
On Side B we first find “Pebbles” by Roger Gerressen going deep into breakbeat. Here the calm and ever-evolving background textures smoothly interlace with the broken beats in order to create a transcendental sound that flows with IDM and ambient touches. Closing the VA, the Thibideau brothers deliver a groovy dub-laden story entitled “Purge 2”, showcasing their distinct approach to dub techno and minimal. Rolling percussion, delayed chords and swift arrangements are the secret ingredients used here. All in all, the record offers various shades of deep electronic music, highly recommended for collectors and selectors alike.
Grab your copy of Kaleidoscopic Minds II VA at deejay.de.
Artists: Ben Buitendijk, Nick Beringer, Roger Gerressen, Matt & Mark Thibideau
Title: Kaleidoscopic Minds II
Cat. number: ABA010
Release date: 12.08.2022
Words by AndreiB
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