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Budha Building – Abstract

It was quite a while ago, but Budha Building released some of the nicest organic sounds in chillout/ambient form to kahvi. Through kahvi’s commercial branch, Budha Building released another album to Beatport called Abstract. First and foremost: This album is not like any of the Budha Building tracks released through kahvi. In fact, this album is a dark tone of primarily Drum and Bass style. Now I occasionally listen to D&B, so that fact doesn’t naturally strike me as bad. I’ll be extremely honest that I didn’t expect it and missed Budha Building’s chilled organic sounds. The cd starts off and will continue with a driving beat mixed with some rather unique sounds. If you have a nice subwoofer set up, it will enjoy the album as a whole. The first track really provoked my interst in the album possibly simply because of the excellent mixture of other pads. The sixth track starts by making you think that the chilled organic sounds are back, but in fact it only starts with some very organic sounds before becoming much more organic and darker. I would actually call this chillout since it is far less driving and a pleasent overall feel (though dark). The final track of the cd actually seems to go back to almost an ambient feel even. Nothing too organic about it though. The remaining 8 tracks have some fluxuation between chillout and D&B. It gives decent variety, but also is harder to get into because of the large differences at times. The entire album is dark and has a kind of foreboding feel to it, but I see this as a cool style to hold. In the end, I don’t think the album can be called great for any style since it goes through so many. It is pretty nice, but you would have to be someone like me who enjoys the variety to enjoy the album all that much. I would advise previewing the album on Beatport before...

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Abyssal Plains – Chimera EP

I know that I didn’t ever really get into posting reviews for a lot of kahvi releases, but there are a few that I have recently wanted to call people’s attention to. Other than the Stokes post from yesterday, these other two artists are guests to kahvi and, as far as I can tell, pretty unknown as of yet. The release I’m looking at this time is the Chimera EP by Abyssal Plains. The best link I could find is Abyssal Plains’ MySpace which does help to clarify some of the musical influences that you will be able to hear. The style is epic and that really does define the shock I had when I heard it the first time. In all honesty, artists’ first albums usually have their moments and might be good, but it’s rarely in the entirety and rarely bringing styles together the way that really impressed me. The overall style keeps a chilled IDM feel much like you will find in chillout (not calling it chillout may be splitting hairs even). The tracks give off a sort of airy feel that reminds me a lot of Boards of Canada or even Stuartt Elliott. It’s a very inviting and interesting sound that I really enjoy. The only problem with the airy sounds of the EP is they can sound very similar from track to track. I would like to see a bit more variety, but it is very excellent for one who is relatively new to the game. As for favorite track of the EP, I would ahve to say equilibrium. It blends a dominant electric melody over the airy backdrop with a good beat that doesn’t dominate when it shouldn’t. Personally, I would love to see this artist expand. I think there is a lot of potential and a very good starting point. Pretty good now, but the next release by this artist will probably be...

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Stokes – Live at Sausalito

Since I have a lot of music I want to mention about Saul Stokes I figure that starting with the newest isn’t a bad place to begin. Live at Sausalito is a 45 minute recording of Stokes as he does what he seems to do best: create a building a twisting blend of some traditional and not so traditional instruments. As a lot of Stokes work seems to for longer tracks, it starts slow and builds. Do not let the opening fool you. This is nothing that will make you bored if you like that blend of ambient and chill that Stokes is good at. The recording quality is absolutely perfect on the live set, and the sounds are purely Stokes. As the set progresses, it rises and falls to various ambient levels to leave you craving more until Stokes brings you back to that sweet spot. The beautiful almost purely electronic set is complimented by flutes and pianos sprinkled in the perfect places. Though Stokes does some that is more energetic, this is a pretty mellow piece. Those that are looking for chillout will need to keep looking. I wouldn’t let this turn you away from Stokes entirely. On his site you can find a stream to listen to some of his other work as well as check out The Road is Glowing on kahvi. This set is also available on Kahvi as well as his site. I would recommend it for any ambient lovers out there or at least to hear for those looking for something very very chilled. Kahvi links: Saul Stokes – Live at Sausalito Saul Stokes – The Road is...

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Kahvi Mix 04: kaen – kahvi collective selection mix

Latest Mix of Kahvi Work. This one is from kaen. Very nice transitions and I do enjoy the tracklist, but as a mix, it’s nothing new. kaen guest mixes a selection of tracks from the archive – none of that simple cross fading with this mix – he creates entirely new textures by overlaying tracks and his timing is down to perfection. Tracklisting by clicking on the download link. Playtime 62 mins. Links: Description / Download / Tracklist on Scene.org Discuss the mix on the forum or read others’ opinions Direct link to download the torrent for this...

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Kahvi Release 162: URL – Berdz Track EP

Review: The release as a whole is not bad, but nothing spactacular. It starts off with some interesting sounds that spark interest, but the first two tracks seem to not really have enough spark or uniqueness to make me notice them from anything else. They were not memorable to me at least. the tune, the third track, really started to perk my interest. though it starts out more average, it progresses to make some very beautiful sounds that cannot be ignored. it draws you in and doesn’t let go. Of the release, I would have to say that this is my favorite. The differences that it shows towards the other tracks and bland tracks makes it so great for me. the concluding track, “from my seed she has grown,” is another very good track. I wasn’t as interested in this track (possibly because of such a good response to the one immediately previous), but that is not to say it is bland or boring. it contains marvelous work and musical beauty that are ever so nice to enjoy. This definitely helps to make this smaller ep end on a good note. overall, i say it’s good but not remarkable. the talent is obviously there and could be the start to a very good career of music, underground or mainstream. Links: Kahvi Page (Review and Download Links) Kahvi Forum Topic (Read others opinions and leave yours) Directly Download Release as...

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Kahvi Release 161: Esem – Scateren

Review: The release really starts off strong and keeps on going. It’s so complex yet perfectly balanced between tracks and within. When you follow the play order and just feel what is there, it’s perfect harmony. It’s really a great release and tough for the next artist to live up to. Aatu / Ussn is such a marvelous track. It starts so simply but then moves you at an artists pace through feelings slowly building but never stopping. Being followed by legho seems strange at first, but is so marvelously done as well that it binds through difference by intricacy. The softer, delecate feeling is carried straight through even in a sound of halo that is more pushing and terribly emotional, but is still delecate in a different way. pt.1 and pt.2 are somewhat opposites of emotion with a similar feel to the song. they obviously go together but show variety at the same time. microessen is so flowing and so deep that it cannot be taken a single time through. the beat (and at times, lack there of) keeps you in the song and so desperate to hear it all and feel all that there is. the completely different feel of laid egg is a cool change that again highlights the versitility of the artist and the album. the last track i swear is just to be mean. it seems to peacefully drift by for you only to realize that there isn’t more beyond this. it’s an excellent conclusion to an outstanding release. major kudos for esem Links: Kahvi Page (Review and Download Links) Kahvi Forum Topic (Read others opinions and leave yours) Directly Download Release as...

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