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From his first EP release in 1996, British producer Inigo Kennedy has built a sound which embraces both the traditional and the ambitious - as well as the emotional, the organic and the energy of live performance. Continuously studying the effects and capability of digital equipment, Kennedy has released in excess of 100 records, either as himself or through alternative monikers (Reducer, Tomito Satori). He has released these records on labels such as Missile, Semantica and his own Asymmetric. Since 2007 Inigo Kennedy and Belgian label Token Records have had a particularly close and fruitful relationship. Kennedy released three times on the Ghent-based label last year, including the thumping 'Emitter' and spiralling epic 'Cathedral'.
In April 2014 Inigo returns to Token - and with a project that feels like the culmination of all those years and all those records: a CD, 12'' single and 2x12'' LP under the banner of Vaudeville. In true, theatrical manner, Vaudeville is a collection of differing themes - from the abstract and freakishly odd to the direct and resonant. And just as the Vaudevillian shares a common purpose with his co-stars as the 'voice of the city'('voix de ville'), there runs through the centre of this record a clear narrative for urban experience.
'Narrative' presages the mood with a cold wind, before 'Birth' emerges with rain on the ground and a helicopter searching in the swirling darkness. 'Requiem', next, is more direct, as a warm kick and frenzied timbres interlock; the rumble recalls echoing and unhappy machinery. As one cornerstone of the record, 'Plaintive' is Requiem's anxious but happier brother: an organ winds its way down a slope, as soft toms herald the start of reflection on a heroic journey. 'Lullaby' has a deep and echo-laden undercurrent, building from afar but also warm and so incredibly close. 'Vallecula' is lower slung still, the atmosphere rough and moments before the morning light: the uncertain hour, the uncomfortable and unpredictable, a paranoid heartbeat. 'Winter' is the rolling patter of rain through clashing snare taps and dragging hi hats, solid thumps in haunted isolation. 'Petrichor' strides like a boss through his realm, again enwrapped in dank surroundings. 'Aleph' is the coolest act, a tremor of synth and an icy kick of determination. It's a race through the streets in sturdy boots, swirling in its certain melody. And at last there is the final cornerstone - 'NGC5128' (a galaxy in the constellation of Centaurus). A reflective end, this galactic rumble is late-of-bar heavy, and has a fitting space synth jagging in and out.
As a whole Vaudeville is a presentation of space, industry and enveloping urban darkness in a single, turbulent journey. It is the culmination of an organic and emotional approach to production. It is Inigo Kennedy at his finest.
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