I love the warmth of the ambience and background noise, the birds chirping, faraway chatter, raindrops calmly dripping... It all combines together so well with the downtempo beats.
Favorite track: Mundet (Digital Only).
Following his 2015 release “s/t”, Ant Orange is back with another groove-laden 12” on Karaoke Kalk. “Arkupe” is a prime slice of laid-back beats and bass-heavy jazz breaks.
Each track oozes soulfulness, from the smooth-as-silk Fender Rhodes on the opening title track to the downbeat afro rhythms of “Fog Walk”, and the nonchalant guitar riffs and synth lines on “Little Wing”. Side 1 closes with “Feld”, a sun-drenched slo-mo house jam.
Side 2 presents another handful of diverse Ant Orange cuts, starting with the more uptempo toe-tapper “Big Lil's”. “LB” offers more tasty jazz-n-bass drumming, while the closing track “My Man” has a breezy still-awake-on-Sunday swagger.
With his latest 12” on Karaoke Kalk, Ant Orange shows the wide range of styles he has to offer. “Arkupe” is loaded with some of the mellowest vibes you're likely to hear all year.
I heard one track and had to buy their entire collection on BandCamp.
Coordination in the face of perpetual random motion. Constructive explosions in sound. What more could you ask for from a musical ensemble..? Peter Jones