::Kotelett – Lifted::
Early feedback in from Black Coffee, Agoria, Pedro Winter/Busy P, M.A.N.D.Y….
Previously one half of the punchy Kotelett & Zadak pairing that brought you Exploited gems like ‘Roadhouse’ (with that huge Whitesquare remix) and ‘Crave Dave’, Kotelett is now going on a solo tip and is showing no signs of slowing down the stellar output. Two new tracks arrive with a very fine remix from Musumeci in support.
‘Lifted’ is a hypnotic chugger of a track. Revolving around a monotone bass pattern and light stabs, it builds slowly and imperceptibly with gentle percussion adding to the driving, heads-down feel. Occasional blasts of an old-skool Euro / early trance vibe synth melody punctuate the bars, and the uncluttered arrangement sucks you in with subtle variations and dizzying FX slung deep into the mix.
‘I Feel Different’ is on a more housey tip, with a looping feel to the nagging synth hooks and low-slung bass syncing up beautifully with the skipping percussion. A blissed-out breakdown gives a breather before we go stomping again, and the whole affair has more than a little of the Parisian house vibe to it.
Siciliy’s Musimeci provides a more charged remix of ‘Lifted’, taking its cues from Italo and electro in the process. A shimmering hi-hat groove propels track along with arpeggiated bass, and that Euro synth hook is utilised more frequently for a more intense feel. It’s complemented by the breakdown’s fizzing proto-trance arpeggiation and melancholy stabs. Soaring pads lift the track further and add a chord progression underneath, and the whole thing comes together in quite glorious fashion.