RIYL: dubby techno

Label: Delsin

Due out next month is Artefakt’s latest album KinshipKinship is like a kissing cousin to Aphex Twin’s Selected Ambient Works, albeit with quite a bit more dub involved. Despite the red, blue, and yellow that’s splotched all over the album cover, Kinship‘s very gray with some bleach white flurries involved mixed with some acid rain. An album for this winter time we’re in, and it’s even more fitting since as I write this there’s hefty snowfall gliding its way down from the heavens. Kinship sounds like it falls a bit more toward the ambient side of the spectrum and doesn’t sound as sharp/biting as The Fifth Planet EP or The Mental Universe. On top of this, it does sound about twenty years older than it probably is – not to say it has a cheesy sound, but it definitely comes across as anachronistic. Listen to a preview of Kinship below by clicking the Buy Now button and see what you think of it. Cheers!

The Details


Dutch live-act and DJ duo Artefakt prepare their atmospheric debut album on renowned techno imprint Delsin this February.

Known separately as Robin Koek and Nick Lapien, the pair first appeared on Field Records before follow up releases on Prologue, Delsin and Konstrukt. Individually Nick has been making waves under his Lapien moniker, dropping productions via Fred P’s Soul People Music, Finale Sessions, Rekids and DVS1’s Mistress Recordings, whereas Koek’s intricate sound design work has been performed globally at the likes of Toronto, Viseu, New York, Ohio, Berlin and Amsterdam.

True to their distinct mesmerising aesthetic, the album commences with a suspenseful number named ‘Kinship’ that combines sweeping pads with ominous tones. Pattering drums introduce ‘Tapestry’ before ghostly notes are brought into the equation, leading into ‘Entering The City’ with its rumbling low-end and soaring harmonies.

Next, ‘Somatic Dreams’ initiates with stuttering stabs as distorted nuances operate throughout, making way for the chugging ‘Fernweh’ with its ethereal synths and sci-fi throbs. ‘Return To Reason’ then incorporates heady acid squelches and hypnotic tape delays before opulent chords conclude the package in an ambient finale titled ‘Tapeloop 1’.

Kinship portrays a compelling narrative in a body of work that will undoubtedly keep listeners engaged from start to finish.

Price $21.06

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