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Kangding Ray - Solens Arc (2014)

20-02-2014, 21:51
Music | Electronic | Techno

Kangding Ray - Solens Arc (2014)

Artist: Kangding Ray
Title Of Album: Solens Arc
Year Of Release: 2014
Label: Raster Noton
Genre: Electronic, Experimental, Techno
Quality: 320 Kbps
Total Time: 50:40 min
Total Size: 116 MB


01. Serendipity March
02. The River
03. Evento
04. The River (Reprise)
05. Blank Empire
06. L'envol
07. Amber Decay
08. Apogee
09. History Of Obscurity
10. Crystal
11. Transitional Ballistics
12. Son

There is a new Kangding Ray album and it’s excellent. Yeah, that is not so surprising… But it is still very good news. Building on “OR” and a series of EPs and remixes, “Solens Arc” is the clearest statement of Kangding Ray’s interpretation of techno. The result is a remarkably self-contained album, which stands in stark contrast both to the glut of lo-fi house and techno, and the rather laboured attempts at techno from some of his Raster-Noton labelmates. While the album is split into four sections / arcs, it has a very clear and cohesive narrative. It also benefits greatly from its brevity – Kangding Ray does not overstay his welcome, with the album clocking in around the 50 minute mark.

The beauty of “Solens Arc” lies in the way it perfectly blends the existing KR aesthetic with music that is much more directly orientated for the dancefloor. It is a clear early highlight of 2014, and it reminded me that I am not bored of techno, it is just that there is a shitload of mediocre techno floating around these days. When techno sounds like KR, it’s impossible to be bored.

Real name David Letellier, Kangding Ray is a regular on Raster-Noton, having released all three of his past albums—Stabil, Automne Fold and OR—through the Berlin label. In the four years since OR was released he's put out a small number of EPs, including three records for Stroboscopic Artefacts and one for Raster-Noton.

Typically for both artist and label, a cerebral streak runs through the album, which was apparently recorded to form four arcs across its 12 track duration. "The different sequences are arranged seamlessly into dense, evolving compositions, while keeping their autonomy," a press release explains. The French-born, Berlin-based producer's signature brand of grainy, widescreen techno is on full display across Solens Arc, which will be released on double-vinyl and CD.

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