Kisk/ Undeep/ Accatone

“Friends Ep”

APL008 scanZoom inLabelApparel
Cat. No.APL008
Format12
Orders fromMon, 27 Jan 2014
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Review

Apparel Music pushes forward with a four track single from label-founder Kisk. The Italian producer teams up with some associates of the imprint on a couple of the featured cuts, while Anton Kubikov reworks the title track to shape up the ‘Friends’ EP. Giuseppe D’Alessandro aka Kisk founded Apparel Music in 2009, a label that’s tipped its focus towards jazz infused electronic explorations, while introducing sprinkles of London’s Jungle sound, Trip-Hop, Detroit Techno and authentic Deep House. Dropping material from heavyweight house heads like Delano Smith and John Tejada, while bringing to light the talent of newcomers like Jacky 0, Sarp Yilmaz and Accatone who collaborates with Kisk on this release. Kisk can also boast performances at some of the industry’s leading nightclubs, namely Fabric, Tresor and Amnesia, standing as further testament to his flair and expertise in this field. Title track ‘Friends’ opens the single, seeing Kisk delve deep with a dusty Jazz-tinged deep house workout. Gritty drum samples, a double bass hook and a blend of cosseting Rhodes and murmuring vocal lines lay the foundations, while emotive string melodies add a further beauty to things creating a classy, understated piece to kick things off. Kisk then teams up with Undeep aka Gennaro Mastrantonio for ‘4Friends’ following in the same ilk the duo drive the record with sweeping pads, bumpy raw rhythms and bubbling background atmospherics to again create a slow-blooming elegant record. On the latter half of the release Kisk pairs up with Portugese producer Accatone, this time taking the feel in a more upfront and direct direction as weighty sub tones fuel the tracks energy and ethereal pads, subtly processed piano hits and spoken word vocal lines drive the musicality. Then finally to close the EP Moscow based producer, notably known for his work with the likes of Kompakt and Trapez turns in a stunning melodic interpretation of ‘Friends’, skillfully composing dazzling piano hooks alongside

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