Album Review: Photek – KU:PALM
“Experimental drum n’ bass” is not a term people throw around too much. The main reason for that is that the majority of experimental drum n’ bass sucks balls. Actually I’ve come to expect like many others that most music labeled “experimental” by the artist just means that the artist doesn’t know what they’re doing. I suppose that’s possible with just about any form of music, but experimental takes the cake for frequent shittiness.
Photek has made some pretty interesting stuff on KU:PALM. Some interesting in a good way, others in a bad way. I would say the first half of the album is pretty repetitive (apart from Signals), but once you get to the 6th track, things take a turn for the better. In fact towards the end of the album are the tracks that I think really make KU:PALM shine.
In general though, KU:PALM is a good album and it deserves a listen, especially the last few tracks. This just shows that Photek has succeeded in being one of the few producers of good experimental dance music.
- Signals - 4.8/5.0
- Quadrant - 3.7/5.0
- Aviator - 3.3/5.0
- Pyramid - 3.2/5.0
- Shape Change - 3.4/5.0
- Munich - 3.6/5.0
- Quevedo - 3.8/5.0
- Mistral - 3.7/5.0
- Oshun – 4.2/5.0
- Sleepwalking feat. Linche - 4.7/5.0
- One of a Kind feat. Breakage & Veronika Coassolo - 4.9/5.0
- This Love feat. Ray La Montagne - 4.7/5.0
KU:PALM fists harder than most EDM/EDnB and is definitely worth a couple of listens if not just for the last few songs.