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KANT – Dyster EP


3516-245099_600.jpgLabel: HIVE AudioScore: 8/10 

Clearly determined to continue where they left off, Hive Audio’s latest is another inspiring house workout that’ll quickly remind you just why they’ve become such a treasured outfit within the contemporary house music domain. The sounds on this occasion come from KANT, the Danish producer who himself has been whipping up a storm of late thanks to some really stunning releases of his own. And on that tip, it’s no surprise to learn that these guys make for a really solid pairing…

Opening up the lavish EP is the title track that is ‘Dyster’. While we’re not so sure exactly what a dyster is (a Danish oyster perhaps?), what we can state with some certainty is that this is a track worth its weight in proverbial gold. Dark and dangerous thanks to its swelling organ noises and its penchant for unusual violins, it saunters at a lovely pace that makes it one of the label’s most intriguing house workouts for some time. Very much the sound of a producer at the top of his game, by the time it explodes into something different altogether we’re left in no doubt as to its effectiveness.

The A-side is then backed by an equally mesmering effort by label heads, Animal Trainer. Boasting a really mature sound, the guys’ remix is one that plays out like a Bicep track in that it’s expertly woven together and quite clearly owes a debt to the old-school. Moody but great, it’s a wonderful example of just how to put your own sound on a remix. Lastly, KANT’s other original is ‘Kiss’, a zippy and perc-fuelled track that’s pretty much at odds with matters elsewhere. Regardless, it shows the other side of the producer’s arsenal – and closes this package with some esteem.

Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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