Kinetix – Absolute Grey – 8cm – Koyuki

Hard core WHITE_LINERS will almost certainly be aware of my ongoing love affair with Koyuki –Sound, the ultra-minimalist Italian label,(curated and run by Sani & Turra) whose output punches well above it’s weight, one of the most exciting little labels operating today, each release housed in a stark, elegant cover, designed by Turra. It is with no surprise then, that fellow countryman, Kinetix has made an appearance in their 8cm series, with a 20-plus minute work that is just exquisite. I’ve been an ardent fan of Mr Kinetix (Gianluca Becuzzi) for some time now, following his career from afar, since the release of his epically minimal “Selected E-Missions” on Small Voices imprint. On Absolute Grey, the work has been honed and tempered to near perfection. Opening with uniquely distorted vocalisations, then shifting into an expansive, but highly refined tonal structure that sounds like Alva Noto on sedatives, Absolute Grey, for me represents one of the high points of his recorded output. These tonal sequences glisten and hover amongst a murky, atmospheric backdrop, with extensive slices of silence, occupied and populated with gorgeously paced tones and electronic interventions. If you buy no other release this year, then I urge you to experience the beauty and refinement of Absolute Grey..do I sound excited? – yes..do I sound envious?..yes..buy this NOW before it is gone forever..absolutely essential. BGN

 

 

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WHITE_LINE was set up three years ago, in order to play and promote the work of artists and musicians working under the banner of "minimalism", in all its many guises. This has led to a regular and highly successful mix slot on the Garden of Earthly Delights radio show in the UK, and guest appearances on Resonance FM (frequenzen show). We now aim to extend the remit of the mix slots by reviewing (as often as possible) material that encapsulates and crystallises the minimalist ethic, and hopefully we'll be leading artists and audiences alike towards a deeper appreciation of this and other marginalised genres. I welcome your comments, and criticisms, and would love to hear from labels and artists who would like their work showcased on the show, or reviewed here. We regret that due to time constraints, we cannot review everything that is sent to us, but will endeavour to give exceptional work an "honourable mention" at the very least, and links to quality sites that we think worthy of mentioning. I am trying to support labels and artists as much as possible by promoting their work, not least because I am a stereotypical "struggling artist" myself, but also because there are so few younger artists entering this particular scene, and there is a danger of it becoming the sole domain of a handful of forty somethings who really ought to be doing something better with their time! Having worked for most of the more reputable underground magazines in the early 90's, I was never afforded the luxury of taking time and care over reviews, as deadlines and column space were always hanging like the sword of Damocles over me. With WHITE_LINE, I have the luxury of being able to review when I have time, and I am receptive to a particular mood, and hopefully this will reflect in the quality and length of some of the reviews. If you like what you see, please link to me to encourage more traffic through the site, and cross promote whatever is happening out there. Address for promotional material: 45 Drovers Walk Spring Park, Kingsthorpe Northampton NN2 8BB UK

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