After a few highly praised moments this year (a 23 track magnum opus album, entitled "Ascensus" on Gerd's seminal label 4Lux, as well as a best selling EP on Chicago's high rising record label Stripped & Chewed, amongst others), Ka§par debuts on Tomorrow Is Now, Kid! with an incredible four tracker called "Spice Of Light". His leanings towards the esoteric and spiritual are evident throughout, and contrasted with sexual tips and pure physical pleasure through his rough beat work. The whole set is aimed at the creation of a unique, personal sound that searches the deepest recesses of the author's creativity while still true to the sound track of the dance floor. A four tracker to file under some of the most unique moments in recent releases.
On the A1 is "Another Day Of Bitching": a slamming and personal dance floor rumbler, and if Ka§par's music is already known to be inspired, this is one of his most impressive compositions, with an amazing story to go with it. Apparently, Ka§par had a vivid dream in which he had the elements for this song played to him by none other than the late John Coltrane... he woke up in an excited sweaty mess, and recorded himself singing the melodies onto his cell phone, while still half asleep. Having worked on it for the next year and a halve, the result is anything but incredible. The lyrics are dense and deep, and his own vocals eerily perturbing... an incredibly comfortable bass line holds a massive four-to-the-floor pattern and a set of psychedelic jazz chords take it to the astral plane... a future classic for the true adept.
The A2 track has another jaw dropper in the form of the dirty take "Spunk Ass". Surely the product of an unbridled creative imagination, it's a track that borrows as much from Tom Moulton as it does from Carl Craig or early Chateau Flight. A layered, rich, foot stomping disco-tronic-deep-party track, complex and full of detail, ridden with unexpected turns. Slammin' dirty beats, smudgy bass, hot clavinet funk, analogue bleeps and smart samples that get wrapped up into a dynamic, ravishing arrangement. As good as it gets.
Flip it over and get ready: "Stratosfunk" is an aptly titled deep club cut of hard categorization. It rolls effortlessly over a really smart beat pattern that winks an eye to K Dope's incredible swing on the classic "The Bounce". An almost afro styled bass line contrasts agains deep dubby chords and a galvanizing pad... the vocal bits are subtle: Ka§par whispers in the background and an insistent sample repeats "Just keep on, just keep on, you got to keep it deep", as if inspiring the dancer to go further into the vibe of this truly original track. One of those that almost anyone can relate to, "Stratosfunk" is bliss made music for the incited.
Finally "Python Jizz" ends the record on an incredible note. An afro swinged almost live-sounding set of percussion elements rip their way through a tough hypnotic bass, a heart-wrenching set of strings pierce the physical layer to add emotional depth... vocal samples give it a motto and the track takes off when warm stab chords run through the beat. An incredible breakdown, ridden with psychedelic elements, gives way to an elegant acidic arpeggio and ecstasy is reached at last when the chords return and the main groove gets a reprise.
No one knows the secret to the producer's unique sound, but this is collection of works is another perfect example of why he's still one of Europe's best kept secrets and a name to keep under close watch, any day now he will become a man of the moment.