Kram Records continues to carve an aggressive niche in the techno landscape with the release of an inspired new EP called DropIt (Vol. 1). The showcase record features an international cohort of artists hand-picked by label founder Kramnik: Buru, Paul Bart, Bart Stellingwerf & Discmode, Soundprism and Oliver Gross...
The process, says Kramnik, was incredibly collaborative and rewarding. After reaching out to the community on Twitter and Facebook to ask for demos, he was happy to discover some great raw talent amongst his fans.
"It's been very interesting because I've provided them with feedback towards the final master," he said. "I would comment on the bass, or a synth, for example, and then they would send it back." The result is a six-track EP that is surely helping to breed the next generation of talented techno producers. Not only that, it is a direct and deliberate cultivation of the Kram Records sound - intelligent techno with a focus on selective sampling and a dark, subterranean vibe.
DropIt (Vol. 1) is the first in an ongoing series of EPs that showcases the work of fresh and exciting artists and sets up those selected to remix future Kramnik productions. Previous Kramnik releases have been reworked at the hands of big names such as Ben Sims, Gabriel Ananda, Hernan Cattaneo, Timo Maas and Nick Warren, with more big names slated to take on the challenge this year. However, the producer is excited to turn his tunes over to some fresh blood.
As well as the upcoming EP release, Kramnik's "Dark Matters" album continues to make waves with music fans and press alike, with Future Music selecting it as their Album of the Month in December and giving it a 9/10 rating.
"one of the most distinctive and original albums of the year, with a unique and unaffected sound, discovering and exploring new and uncharted territory," they said.
"Dark Matters" is a highly atmospheric record that bristles with energy, tension and brooding darkness. It builds with a subtle drive that takes the listener from expansive, eerie sound textures to slabs of bassdriven, tough tech...A truly singular artist, clearly more interested in his output than the fame it could yield, Kramnik could well be bending our minds for years and decades to come."
Kramnik has also been featured in Ibiza Voice, Data Transmission, They Make Music, The Sun, Inhale, BigShot, My Beat Fix, Defected, DSI, Music Radar, DMC, and many more. With Dark Matters igniting like a comet and this latest exciting release, it's bound to be another exciting year for Kramnik and Kram Records. A techno juggernaut is in motion, and we wait patiently to see where it goes next.
DropIt (Vol. 1) is out from today on Kram Records and available at Beatport and all other online music retailers.
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