Review: Drunken Kong follow their 2017 debut album The Signs Within with this fine follow up. It starts off in tranced out mode on "Certain Reason", which sees a pumping groove and pounding kicks underpin evocative synths and mysterious vocals. Meanwhile on "Live & Create", a drum-heavy track provides the basis for dramatic filter sweeps and "Toro", their collaboration with label owner Christian Smith, sees them deliver a pounding, linear club track. At the other end of the spectrum, "This Is" sees the Japanese pair put their focus on electro and synth pop, with catchy hooks supported by rumbling 808s, while "See You Again" is a dreamy ambient piece.
Review: Drunken Kong follow their impeccable run of dance floor Eps on Tronic with another certified banger. Staring off the release is the title track, a rolling, acid-flecked groove that gradually adds some noisy, building riffs. It's an understated but effective arrangement. A similar production approach prevails on "The Line", with the Japanese pair pitting a sonorous sub-bass against a series of filter-led break downs that are sure to cause maximum impact when dropped. "Begin" sees them up the intensity levels somewhat, as a pumping bass and doubled up claps provide the back drop for ponderous vocal samples and acid spirals. Last but not least is "Some Day", a rolling, menacing groove that resounds to siren riffs and a pumping bass.
Where We Start (Mario Ochoa remix) - (6:53) 130 BPM
Review: This second set of remixes from Drunken Kong's recent artist album are designed for the dance floor. First up is techno veteran Ken Ishii with a firing take on "Step Back". It's reminiscent of the ferocious and timeless Luke Slater take on Joey Beltram's "Forklift" and sees the storied Japanese artist drop a driving, percussive take on the original, its screeching riffs causing a wild crescendo. Up next is Mario Ocha with an equally impactful version of the title track. Built on a booming bass and featuring frazzled synth stabs, it makes for a moody, rousing piece of modern club techno.