May 29, 2011
The Berlin Effect
Lando Kal - Further (Original Mix) [Hotflush]
Lando Kal - Time Out (Original Mix) [Hotflush]

Lando Kal–remember the name. Some of you may recognise him as one half of Lazer Sword, the West Coast duo whose self-titled 2010 LP received criticism for sounding more like a pastiche of the Ed Banger back catalog than anything original. Since that release, Lando has relocated to the home of electronic introspection, and boy has Berlin has done wonders for his music! The fact that his first solo EP is dropping on London’s forward thinking Hotflush imprint is definitely a good sign, and the two tracks on the EP show an artist really growing into his sound.

Further is compact and funky, the key being a driving bassline that bolts everything down while soulful, misty-eyed vocals and crisp garage beats ebb and flow in the space around it. On the flip, Time Out sees Lando waxing oceanic; flickering drums and some distant, unearthly pads flit around above some deeply aquatic vibrations and a mutant 4/4. A far cry from the white-knuckle, purple bass mixtapes of his Lazer Sword past, this is an intelligent, subtle and hugely promising solo debut. I guess that’s what moving to Berlin does to you.

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