In 2013 Keepsakes debuted in Sequel One with the release of "Night Echoes". Most of the tracks on the EP were an original expansion of future and UK garage. "Kontaina" was the only track that stylistically stood out, being somewhat a fusion of bass music and techno. This, as it may have seemed, singular expression in the work of New Zealand’s producer, turned out to be the dominating theme in his newest EP "STYGIAN CONCRETE WORKS" to be released on Sequel One.
Since the beginning we are accompanied by merciless beat hits surrounded by heavy samples of industrial origin ("Easy Now"). Loose associations with Aphex Twin’s "Ventolin" appear in "Yessir" thanks to corroded and overdriven phrases. Other tracks are a consistent manifestation of Keepsakes strength, who doesn’t intend to let it go for a minute. A deep bass hides behind the raw tempo in "Galso In Camo" while in "Gravlee" its granular and interweaves with rhythmic pulse. Finally "Tunnel" delivers an increasing dose of noise surrounded by infectious and murderous loop.
"STYGIAN CONCRETE WORKS" brings a complete stylistical change in Keepsakes‘ musical output. We receive a raw and radical release, showing the potential of the producer and his one of a kind versatility.
MASTER : Lukasz Szyda
COVER: Michal Lewicki