Love

Krystian Shek

One would think the word ‘love’ in a track title in this day and
age would suggest the same kind of vapidity associated with
empty-headed pop, but Krystian Shek has managed to deconstruct the word and its meanings in a manner so original the ear is fairly
floored. On this utterly spellbinding new recording, Shek’s outpouring
of love is reflected
One would think the word ‘love’ in a track title in this day and
age would suggest the same kind of vapidity associated with
empty-headed pop, but Krystian Shek has managed to deconstruct the word and its meanings in a manner so original the ear is fairly
floored. On this utterly spellbinding new recording, Shek’s outpouring
of love is reflected in the immersive harmolodics and quietly
respirating instances that simmer like liquid tears in a Batty rain.
The opening fifteen-minute title track establishes a mood that
surely feels lustrous, deep, and resonant: synths that sear the
night sky burn bright then vanish like disintegrating meteorites,
the pensive (e)motion of sequencers drawing breath, unidentifiable
electronic filigree cutting across the entire soundstage in an
enormous etch-a-sketch of digital iconography. “Cinta Gara” gradually unfolds to glimpse the sequencers in full flight, riding the
timewinds, capturing the moondawn as it irises overhead, the spectator drifting aimlessly through pulsing modular hushes and tangerine dreams. “Ionized” feels like a callback to the titular work’s
expansive cinematic remit, its faux-piano notations nearly getting
lost amongst the machine buzz flotsam and richly atmospheric jetsam. Shek never fails to disappoint, and like everything else he’s
committed to shiny plastic object, this one is just as necessary.
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Latest Music

What Was Before?

Krystian Shek

Krystian Shek’s work is nothing if not eclectic. He’s worked out his own mode of Namlookian ‘environmental music’ across previous Carpe Sonum discs (and, prior to that, over numerous FAX editions), whether building towering edifices of stratospheric ambient or subtly shaking the foundations through an array of well-coifed beatstuffs. Navigating
Krystian Shek’s work is nothing if not eclectic. He’s worked out his own mode of Namlookian ‘environmental music’ across previous Carpe Sonum discs (and, prior to that, over numerous FAX editions), whether building towering edifices of stratospheric ambient or subtly shaking the foundations through an array of well-coifed beatstuffs. Navigating its way through a sensuous variety of moods, his new one prides itself on establishing a beachhead of shimmering synthetic calm amidst a clutch of frothy, downtempo sequences. Shek’s modus operandi here is restrained, tentative, almost dub-like, most pronounced in the delay-shimmer of the near four-minute “Thumbnails”, which, truth be told, could go on for another fourteen and never lose its poised, artfully crafted power. Later on, the delightful, sweet bromides laced within “Cinnamon Rolls” does much of the same thing, walking a gauzy, late-winter reverb-sheen with all the elegance Mssrs. Yayga, Grad_U, and others of similar persuasion execute. In other words, another marvelously wrought Shek-attack of pearlescent electronica, buffed with a fine shammy and shining on like crazy diamonds.
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al-Qāhirah

Krystian Shek

Krystian Shek released a number of superb and still underrated albums on Namlook’s FAX imprint over the years; his first Carpe Sonum offering, 2014’s Sometimes Not, was a bracing return to form, and al-Qāhirah is the follow-up, and it’s a dandy, a longform slice of far-flung ethnotronica that speaks within dub’s mother tongue but jettisons the
Krystian Shek released a number of superb and still underrated albums on Namlook’s FAX imprint over the years; his first Carpe Sonum offering, 2014’s Sometimes Not, was a bracing return to form, and al-Qāhirah is the follow-up, and it’s a dandy, a longform slice of far-flung ethnotronica that speaks within dub’s mother tongue but jettisons the lockstep rhythmic underpinning. In so doing, Shek’s augured quite a brilliant thing: digidub that is all languid pools of sound, froth, reverberation, and echo, plunging the listener into a vast abyssal chamber whose sounds mimic the detritus found in long-abandoned sensory deprivation tanks. Yet the whole experience is becalming, welcoming, and thoroughly non-isolationist: throughout the fifteen-minute excursion of the title track, we are treated to a rainbow coalition of thrillingly sculpted shimmers lighting up a desert night sky like some man-made aurora borealis. Shek’s skill lies in his ability to showcase works of ‘ambience’ that are leagues removed from Eno’s hoary old definition—this is a music of flares and fanfare, bursting with light, drunk on the absinthe of nature.
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Sometimes Not

Krystian Shek

Sometimes Not finds Krystian Shek in relaxed mode, remixing four tracks from his first full length CD Eisblumen, which originally appeared on FAX +49-69/450464, alongside seven new tracks. Krys likened the process of producing this album to that of painting on a canvas, eschewing the groovebox and instead relying primarily on the trusty TR-808,
Sometimes Not finds Krystian Shek in relaxed mode, remixing four tracks from his first full length CD Eisblumen, which originally appeared on FAX +49-69/450464, alongside seven new tracks. Krys likened the process of producing this album to that of painting on a canvas, eschewing the groovebox and instead relying primarily on the trusty TR-808, along with a Minimoog and MS-20. The result is a downtempo masterwork, perfect for the chillout room or late night listening via headphones. A refreshing drink to quench your sonic thirst. Don't forget to chill before serving.
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The Best Of Lounge & Chillout (Remastered)

Krystian Shek

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