After the »Pruitt Igoe« EP, Kangding Ray returns with his third album for raster, pushing further his explorations on the edge of digital and analog sounds. With »OR«, Kangding Ray continues to blur the borders between experimental and bass music, and brings his signature sound to another level, somewhere at the darkest fringe of club culture.
With the massive metallic beats of »Athem«, the frightening distorted waves of »Mojave«, the elevated groove of »Odd Sympathy«, the modulated guitar walls of »Leavaila Scheme«, or the low-bitrate Everest of »La Belle«, Kangding Ray creates deep atmospheres, loaded with echoes of collapsing economies, dysfunctional political systems, and corporate alienation.
In an abstract manner, »OR« depicts the disillusions of modern civilizations, while initiating a positive reflection on crisis as a creative state.
»OR« (»gold« in French), as the only chemical element that seems to keep its value for eternity, refers to the cult of endless consumption and the absurdity of fluctuating currency valuations, while in English, as a logical operator or grammatical conjunction, »OR« represents the possibility of another choice, an »inclusive disjunction« which suggests that there might be another answer, a different path to follow.
Noticeable inputs have been provided by Ben Frost, who composed a keyboard line for »OR«, Rose Tizane Merrill who lend her voice to the anarchist poem »Monsters«, and Magne Mostue who wrote the words and sang on »Coracoid Process« as well as the vocal version of the prophetic electronic mantra »Pruitt Igoe«.
released May 23, 2011
All tracks written and produced by David Letellier as Kangding Ray, Berlin 2010 – 2011. Mastered by Andreas [Lupo] Lubich at Dubplates & Mastering, Berlin.
Thanks to Rose, Magne, Ben, Achille, Yacine, Matia and Carsten!
Voices and Lyrics on »Pruitt Igoe«, »Coracoid Process« and »Odd Sympathy« by Magne Mostue; voices on »Athem« and »Monsters« by Rose Tizane Merill.
Words on »Monsters« freely pirated from T.A.Z. (the temporary autonomous zone, ontological anarchy, poetic terrorism) by Hakim Bay; progressive keys on »OR« by Ben Frost; drums on »Coracoid Process« and »OR« performed by Yacine Djeradi; percussions on »Odd Sympathy« performed by Achille Farese; salamander modular synth for »Monsters« wired by Matia Simovich.
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A deep Drum&Bass album with that certain aura... Despite all the danceability it often lets my thoughts wander. In interviews the artist told about the album's references to his own family and who could have known that we listen to Lenzman's 96-year-old grandmother on 'Easy now'? It's because of things like that, that I love music that has a real artist behind it. A wonderful journey! pocket*galaxy
I love all of ASC's work but these are the pieces that talk to me like no other. The longed for anticipation, the journey , and the melancholy of knowing the experience is gone. Each piece can stand tall on their own, but as a whole tell the full story to me. Michael Shannon