Kaya Project - Walking Through Interchill Records www.interchill.com Released: April 2004 Tracklist: 1- Walking Through (6.12) 2- Slide (6.06) 3- Labess (6.08) 4- Olelo (4.54) 5- Twin Soul (6.36) 6- Nightflower (rmx) (6.18) 7- Kanzaman Breaks (6.58) 8- Tribal Shift (6.15) 9- Stone Turns Black (5.40) 10- Only the Brave (6.24) 11- Resolve (2.25) 12- Rise Above (5.20) The press release dubs this album "Organic Electronica" which I find to be the perfect classification. 'Walking Through' is certainly organic electronic in that it is so vibrantly alive it seems to be oozing out of your speakers. No cold, mechanical, electronic boredom is to be found on this album; it contains a degree of superb musicianship that gives it an undeniable spot in the best of downtempo. 1. Walking Through starts with a string introduction that instantly leads me to believe that this isnâ€™t any ordinary album. A piano slides gently down and around the strings. A guitar and tabla join the proceedings not far into the piece, and then the album is into full swing! A great beat and groovy bassline fill out the acoustic painting. A Middle Eastern vocal is eased into the track right when you realize that Walking Through is really something altogether new. After only a few minutes of listening, there is no denying that there is a true master behind the crafting of this album. 2. Slide starts off on a slightly melancholy note. A shaker keeps things in line. Things take a turn for the tribal around 0:45. At 1:15 a really fantastic mallet rhythm gives this track a life of its own. A throaty, breathing voice repeating what Iâ€™d like to think of as a magical healing phrase continues the tracks development. Acoustic guitar makes its entrance around 2:20. It has a slightly western feel to it that I really adore. The energy of the track waxes and wanes creating a flowing structure. I really dig those mallets! 3. Labess begins like the rising of the sun. It just eases over the desert horizon and illuminates all that is under it. I say desert because this track has a great Middle Eastern vibe to it that makes me imagine an Arabian desert paradise. A funky bassline keeps the track grooving while percussion interweaves and a beautiful female voice sings. Irina Mikhailova is credited to the vocals, she is really quite talented. 4. Right from the start, Olelo shows off Sebs talent with the tribal rhythm. An ethnic male vocal caresses my eardrums and siphons out the stress. It is a very lounge-like vocal, relaxing and cool. A great tabla rhythm persists through most of the track. I love the metallic and organic mallet riffs layered on top of each other. This track has atmosphere that I canâ€™t say I have encountered before. It is extremely soothing. 5. A choppy triangle sprinkling kicks this track off and then quickly leads to yet another great percussion section. The beat in this track is simply one of the better ones Iâ€™ve heard. Every nuance is finely crafted and superbly polished. A female vocal floats above the beat as you rise atop the plane of the ordinary. An acoustic guitar riff sits nicely in between each beat of Twin Soulâ€™s heart. Some Indian influences spice things up while the beat builds and tension is stretched and released. A delayed synthesizer fades the track out. 6. Nightflower begins on a cool jungle night. Insects can be heard making music of their own but eventually my attention turns towards the approaching tribe of drum shamans. As they approach from down the vine-strewn path, the Nightflower speaks. It is a good thing theyâ€™ve brought an acoustic guitar with them because one of them sure can play! Rhythm meets melody, and they become quick friends. This track plays out like a story, narrated by the Nightflower herself. She tells her story while the music plays. It is like an ancient storytelling ritual played out in front of a burning fire. In the end, the Nightflower and her tribe have left, having completed their tale. Only you and the jungle night remain, so there is plenty of time to remember all that you have seen and heard. 7. Now this is a track with punch, taking the album in a new and innovative direction. Just when I thought the ethnic theme might start getting slightly repetitive Kanzaman Breaks throws in a refreshing curve ball. A distorted synth melody really sets this track apart from the rest (that is, the rest of electronic music). It is a fusion of organic and synthetic. Genius meets madness. It is on this fine line between the two that Kanzaman Breaks lives, happily content in the digitally fueled, organically driven paradise it creates for itself. 8. A longing female vocal cues up Tribal Shift. Out of the earth sprouts a monster of a mean beat. More ethnic vocals strengthen the already jamming groove. The bassline throbs as if driven by an unstoppable machine. An acoustic guitar balances the hard edge heard in the introduction at around 3:30. Tribal Shift continues the slightly different direction Seb takes with Kanzaman Breaks. I love itâ€¦ there is nothing like an album transforming in front of your very ears. 9. Stone Turns Black. This track was my surprise favorite from 13th Moon. It begins with a soft pad and then a very tribal drum pattern. Shortly after the beginning of the track the beat comes in. This is the kind of beat I get absolutely mesmerized by, relatively simple but fantastically developed and superbly produced. The vocals that come in around 0:24 give this track an originality that is rather hard to describe. They have a slightly unsettling tone that blends with the fluttery guitar and ethnic melodies in a delicious manner. The structure is fluid and dynamic: melodies and beat combine in a way that captured my attention instantly the first time I heard it. Great track all around! 10. The tension that has been building up the entire album instantly melts away with Only the Brave. The guitar part is soothing and perfectly played. Flute and string parts are so well done that I am reminded of the beautiful classical pieces you hear from the old masters. The beat is much more chilled out than the past three, giving the listener time to let all the melody seep in. The flute is played with heart and it really comes through in building the atmosphere that is just drenched in peacefulness. 11. Resolve is a slightly more abstract piece consisting of excellent work on guitar, piano and other instruments. There is no sustained percussion beat in this track, which gives it a really magnificent fluid structure. It is like a feather floating slowly down the ground, taking its time to mesmerize you as you relax on a summer day. 12. The conclusion of Walking Through begins with even more guitar brilliance. These guitar parts are really just bursting with emotion and musicianship. A thin beat holds together various instrumental explorations. Soon enough a great bassline comes in ties together many great emotions that have been built up throughout the entire album. There is both sadness and joy in this music and you can almost feel it flowing out. Rise above really does just that. It caps off the album in a magnificent way that left me, when the last sounds were long gone, reflecting over the journey I was just taken on. Walking Through is really a masterpiece. Every second of audio is chocked full of ethnic rhythms, chilled beats and organic scenery. The flute, guitar, kalimba, violin and vocals all shine with a unique talent that makes this not just great chillout, but simply great music. Walking Through is even more outstanding when you listen to it all in one sitting. The journey that builds has all the elements of a literary work of art wrapped up into sonic meaning that is really quite inspiring. Bottom line: Kaya Projectsâ€™ debut really is the best thing Iâ€™ve heard yet in 2004.