Friday, June 07, 2019

Konx-Om-Pax - Ways Of Seeing [Planet Mu 404 Promo]

Scheduled for release via Planet Mu on June 14th, 2k19 is "Ways Of Seeing", the third album outing by now Berlin-based prodcuer Tom Scholefield, better known under his artistic guise Konx-Om-Pax, who has soaked up the influences of his new hometown and brought them into a musical form and new direction workwise. The album opens with "LA Melody", a beautiful, Electronica-influenced take on dreamy Dope Beats / TripHop with a heavy dose of seductive bass before "Säule Acid" featuring Silvia Kastell switches gears and heads to the open air Techno dancefloor covered in cascades of positive, playful synth melodies, "Paris 5AM" brings forth obvious DubTechno-influences, "I'm For Real" featuring Nightwave indulges in more soft stab works whilst bringing back well glitched out (Neo)Trance for a reason and the Underworld-reminiscent titled "Rez" is as friendly and welcoming as Electronica can get. Furthermore "Optimism Over Despair" redefines the term Braindance for 2019 and does this with a boom (...and a lot of sparkling synth glitter as well) before the tune turns into another straightforward (Neo)Trance anthem, "Earthly Delights" are crafted from hollow, reverberating bassdrums, blurred melodies and echoes of DubTechno / AmbientTechno whereas "Missing Something" is more of a crystalline TechHouse meets (Neo)Trance affair bringing back memories of Donnacha Costello's finest work within the colour series on the Minimise label years ago whilst sneaking in an excellent breakbeat rhythm for all the oldskool ravers out there. In "Day Dreams" we see Konx-Om-Pax embark on an over the top melodic SlowHouse / Romantic House journey, "Magenta One" embraces vibes that would be described as SinoGrime by Fatima Al Qadiri and the final cut "The Paleontologist" dives deep into Ambient waters to close out this longplayer which seems to be a bit of a surprise for both the Planet Mu label as well as Konx-Om-Pax as an artist himself.


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