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16 May 11
Review: Lazer Sword don Lando Kal steps out for a solo endeavour on the always crucial Hotflush imprint and it's a bit special. "Further" takes a US garage swing and twists it round a swathe of cavernous twilight hypnagogics coated in frosted atmospherics - ably assisted by the emotive twinge of the heavily diced titular vocal refrain. The distinctive melding of transatlantic references bodes well for future solo output from LK. Check the B Side for the more urgent juke throb of "Time Out", which swerves brilliantly through several different directions as it descends uneasily towards the run out groove. More please sir!
12 Nov 12
Review: Continuing to blossom as producer with many sides to him, Lando Kal drops this latest EP for Icee Hot in a melee of weirdo house moves. The lead track calls to mind the creepier end of Brackles and Doc Daneeka, but strapped to a slower groove that merely accentuates the psychedelic wonder of it all. "Help Myself" is a little less murky with its G-funk lines and sunny chords, but it's no less deranged as the synths and samples come staggering in and out of earshot in a positively drunken style. Anthony Shakir's remix of "Help Myself" is a masterclass in restraint and unease, working on a rolling break and contorting elements of the original into a messy but engrossing concoction.
09 Apr 12
Review: Returning to Hotflush after the label helped his solo breakthrough last year, Lando Kal is here with more of that hybrid house music which he is fast making his own. There's a key sound that seems to be emerging with his productions of late, a kind of ring modulation that Kal is slapping on his synths that makes them both warm and eerie in the same note. "Rhythm Sektion" plays off this duality perfectly, making for a seductive mid-paced dancefloor jam. "Inquisition" goes deeper on the details, with some intricate percussion and a bouncy bassline filling a mildly bleak atmosphere.
22 Mar 10