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The highly anticipated follow up to his 2015 debut EP, ARC, Kamera returns to continue his journey on Phantasy with four diverse new tracks that serve to expand his visionary take on modern electronica. Conceived during a series of gruelling training sessions while cycling Mont Ventoux, the internationally infamous French mountain otherwise known as ‘The Beast of Provence’, Ventoux captures Kamera’s vision in it’s most intriguing and singular form so far.
Opening the EP, Consignia begins as a deceptively simple yet infectious drum track, before descending suddenly and mercilessly into a rabbit hole of industrialised techno. A raucous yet precision built tool perfect for the most submissive club environments, it refuses to adjust its ceaseless energy as it continues to unfold into euphoria.
Complimenting such an uncompromising introduction, the more playful title track, Ventoux, radiates a neon tinged sound that will doubtlessly chime with admirers of high concept electronica from Sheffield to Detroit. Complex and impressive synth work undulates throughout to create a wistful and utopian atmosphere, one that suddenly vanishes just as it begins to crystalize.
In much less dreamy fashion, MFI5 is a masterfully frenzied passage of dancefloor darkness. Helpless acid modulations and chaotic samples are ceaselessly manipulated around two powerful breakdowns; one offering some respite, eventually concluding with another that sees the track collapse under the weight of it’s own power.
Concluding the EP, Voodoo Canape is stripped of rhythm, and what begins as an understated drone reminiscent of the likes of Tim Hecker, slowly unfolds into a triumphant and otherworldly crescendo, gradually and gently dissipating into an ambient wavelength that could happily loop ad infinitum.
Melding both the cerebral and the physical with ease, Kamera only continues to perfect an unpredictable sound that’s both refreshingly futurist and yet completely timeless.
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Published: January 6, 2016