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Listen: Chairman Kato – ‘Total Internal Reflection’

November 3, 2011

Originally posted on The 405

Photograph by Dan Medhurst Photography

We’ve been keeping our ears uncomfortably close to the ground, anticipating the deep rumblings stemming from Chairman Kato for awhile now – well, ever since the release of the Wildfire EP on the ever marvelous Pictures Music at the start of the year.

And here we are eight months later with an imbalanced, disfigured and muddy ear, for this week sees the release of Science & Romance on Awkward Movements – a generous six-track EP that’s full of fuzzy cut-up leftfield electronica, dripping in dark, claustrophobic melodies; a definite evolution in sound from the original EP in this sense. Influences of the wide-ranging variety are aching to be uncovered upon multiple listens; from the old eerie spacious vibes of Martin Hannett and film scores in general, through to 90’s trip-hop bites and of course the heavy-nods to your modern day bass-laden contemporaries.

It’s fascinating that many underground electronic-beat talents behold this collective sense of electronic unity (thinking of Gang Colours, Crewdson et al) whilst paradoxically not even-remotely belonging to a scene; an unspoken collective conscious if you will – yet each bringing something remarkable and individual to the fore.

You can stream the full track ‘Total Internal Reflection’ below. Somewhat peculiarly, it does not appear on the aforementioned EP – but we’re not complaining as an extra track is always welcomed.

The EP can be previewed here, featuring four tracks from Chairman Kato, and one each from Ekoplex of Bristol and Dez-Andrew. Out on 12″ now.

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