EDM master craftsman Kramnik returns today with the release of his first full-length album, “Dark Matters”.
Highly revered within the electronic music community, Kramnik effortlessly combines flawless production skills with a fearless approach to sampling throughout.
From recordings of whale songs on new track Flex to the hypnotic drone of Mongolian throat singing music on Mongolium, real harmonicas on Harmuk and violins on Viclone Kramnik certainly knows how to keep things interesting.
Progressive techno is the spinal cord of “Dark Matters”, with each track a journey through an atmospheric soundscape.Kramnik’s bulletproof understanding of the conventions of the genre has given him license to throw that rulebook out the window. It is intensely cerebral work, music for the true connoisseur.
“Dark Matters” also comes with a hefty remix package based around the album’s most startling and brilliant tracks, Viclone, M1 and Mongolium.
Viclone bounced around the world and into the hands of some of today’s most exciting producers. Londoner Ben Sims, an old hand of the techno scene, creates a danceable and deceptively simple interpretation, replete with a lilting, syncopated midrange melody line. From Argentina, Hernan Cattaneo and Martin Garcia contribute a moody and bass-driven piece that keeps the most haunting samples of the original. And from Germany, Gabriel Ananda steps up to the plate to deliver a glitchy and spacious track that shows exactly why he is a flag-bearer for the German techno sound.
Mongolium is given the star treatment with remixes by Timo Maas and Nick Warren. Maas delivers an incredible deep, dark track that represents some of his best ever work. His desire to pursue a less mainstream sound and return to his underground roots is paying off big time. Warren, as is to be expected, breaks the mould with a track that is the furthest away from Kramnik’s original techno sound, planting its feet firmly in the progressive house arena.
Additional remixes are included from Franco Bianco & Mike Wall, Hans Bouffmyhre and SQL for a grand total of eight not-to-be-missed new tunes.
A selection of EPs, tactfully distributed via Soundcloud and released on Kramnik’s own label, Kram Records, meant tracks ended up in the record bags of some impressive names. Dark Matters Remixes has got already massive support from, Sven Vath, Sasha, Luciano, Stephan Bodzin, Danny Howells, Nic Fanciulli, M.A.N.D.Y., Nathan Fake, Guy J, Paco Osuna, Luke Slater, Alan Fitzpatrick, Pig and Dan, Umek including some great media feedback from, DMC World, Beats and Beyond, Klubbers, Igloo Mag and Focus.
Altogether, Kramnik’s “Dark Matters” is as powerful, mysterious and compelling as dark matter itself. An album to be savoured from an artist with a clear and uncompromising vision, “Dark Matters” is the kind of record that shapes and defines EDM for future generations.
01. Kramnik - Hyksos
02. Kramnik - Harmuk
03. Kramnik – Overtone
04. Kramnik – Viclone
05. Kramnik – Schirzo
06. Kramnik – Flex
07. Kramnik - M1
08. Kramnik – Mongolium
09. Kramnik – Dlython
10. Kramnik - Pangea
Kramnik – “Dark Matters” is out from today on Kram Records and available on www.beatport.com and all other online retailers.
Kramnik – “Dark Matters” album mix: www.soundcloud.com/kramnik/kramnik-album
Kramnik – “Dark Matters” remixes: www.soundcloud.com/kramnik/sets/kramnik-dark-matters-remixes/
Kramnik – “Dark Matters” Video: www.youtu.be/3CdbRXDP2r8
Kramnik's "Invisible Radio Show": www.kramnik.dj/radioshow
Kram Records "Drop Box" (open to promos): www.soundcloud.com/kram-records/dropbox