Kresy – Lords Of Percussion (Jacob Korn Remix) || Hivern Discs 11 (2012)
Kresy – Lords Of Percussion (Jacob Korn Remix) || Hivern Discs – HVN011
Released: 17 Jan 2012
Hailing from Asturias, Spain, Kresy (Alejandro Rodríguez) fits right in on Barcelona’s Hivern Disc label. On the darkly dramatic title track of his debut EP, his way of looping and layering vocals is in keeping with the styles of his colleagues John Talabot and Pional, though his drums have a heavier, more techno-like energy; Carl Craig’s influence looms even larger in the track’s buzzing leads and generally epic scope of the song, which winds its way from peak to peak. And given its blood-red grandeur, you suspect that Kresy is a Suspiria fan, as well.
Remixing the track, the Barcelona duo Aster preserves the original’s mood while thinning out its dense sonics; they concentrate on loping percussion and wheezing organ, while those choral thunderheads continue to throw a gothic shadow over the proceedings. Jacob Korn’s mix, on the other hand, pretty much guts the track, stripping down to ragged hi-hats and adding piano, low in the mix; moody and moving, it’s Dresden deep house to the core.
Kresy’s „Holding Space“ again recalls Pional; it’s a crisp, kicking, analog house track, with wordless vocal harmonies and bright synth stabs lending a hopeful hue to its overcast skies, and a portamento lead straight outta The X-Files. The digi-only „Holding Space (Relaxed Version)“ eases up on the drums, while „Rhythm,“ the other non-vinyl cut, is basically all drums, with a dollop of synth squelch for color; the bumpy, understated funk nods towards Uncanny Valley.