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CKM005 welcomes another new act to the roster, this time in the form of Manchester based Tom Leah aka Werkha. Taking clear inspiration from pioneers such as James Blake, Bonobo and Four Tet, Werkha manages to emulate those sounds yet put his own unique spin on things.
Where some may argue Blake's productions stray far from what would be considered conventional 'dancefloor' music, Werkha's lead track Cube & Puzzle manages to reign that sound back to the clubs with low slung driving basslines reminiscent of those from Mosca complimented with low pitched vocals and cut up percussion.
The second track from the release further highlights the talents of the young Mancunian perhaps showing his softer side with the Parisian inspired Le Roitelet. Recorded using a 1950's microphone and with original vocals (something incredibly rare in this era of relentless sampling) Werkha creates possibly the most unique track on his debut EP.
The third and final track on the EP kicks off with a sound not too far from 90's hip-hop intros (Imagine 'Snoop Dogg - What's My Name?'). But is quickly switched up into blissful electronica much in the same vein as Bonobo's material. Think soft guitars, glitchy drums and haunting vocal stabs.
Without sounding cliché, words really do not do this EP justice. The only real way to grasp Werkha's ability is to get your ears on it!
Release/catalogue number: CKM005
Release date: Sep 18, 2012