Kooler - Open (Kamaflage 2004) CD

DeathPosture May 14, 2004

  1. DeathPosture

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    Kooler - Open

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    Hi-res: http://www.duskdigital.com/albums/dusksleeves/BFLCD73_cover.jpg

    Format: CD
    Artist: Kooler
    Title: Open
    Label: Kamaflage, U.K.
    Cat. #: BFLCD73
    Date: May 26
    Year: 2004

    Track listing:

    01. 08’30†In The Heights
    02. 09’01†Solid Kiss
    03. 09’40†Freefall
    04. 09’47†Harold & Maude
    05. 06’58†Open
    06. 07’55†Superstar
    07. 08’09†Awake
    08. 08’22†Lift Lift
    09. 06’36†Mango

    Review:

    Is Seb Mullaert the biggest star in the universe?

    It seems that everything Swedish super-producer Sebastian Mullaert touches turns into gold! A résumé that lists Son Kite, Minilogue, Filur, Trimatic, Dab Screen and Ooze tells more than enough… Now he’s out with a full album under his Kooler alias – the first CD album to be released on Dragonfly spin-off prog label Kamaflage… And this looks to be one for the movers and groovers…

    Let me take you thru the tracks…

    #01: A nice chilled intro track here… Floating, dubby and straightforward… It’s a very rich, moody soundscape with all kinds of atmospheric, eerie sounds in the background… The first beats are introduced @ 1.30 and continues throughout the track… Nothing too complicated is going on until 6.00 - just plain progressive house – with the Mullaert quality stamp… The last 2.30 minutes are by far the best, where the moody atmosphere is even more omnipresent… Nicey nice! ;o)

    #02: Let’s go deeper now… After about 55 seconds of beat-less chilling, it’s tribal groove time! This really showcases the talent of Seb - the king of progressive trance! I mean, just listen to those drums – they’ve got High Hat studios written all over them! It’s so contagious – so well produced. It’s light and fluffy and dark and heavy… Awesome! ;o)

    #03: This tune was already released on Kamaflage 3 and as a 12†so there’s a good chance you’ve heard it already… It’s the sexy track! ;o) The weightless heavyweight – light as a feather and heavy as an elephant… Classic progressive beach-house trance at its best! This is amazing, hands down!

    #04: This track was done with Marcus, so it’s kinda like a Son Kite track… Harold & Maude? Sounds like and old, married couple… Are you trying to tell us something Seb and Marc? ;o) Anyway, this is another fine tune… It slowly builds and builds for 2 minutes, before breaking out the affluent, infectious baseline… And as a striking contrast; the naïve melody which adds to the overall bounce-your-head effect this very smooth track has!

    #05: We get a break-beat intro on the title track here… Seb plays around with all kinds of electro samples, turning the knobs and just experimenting…I’m guessing that this was composed around the same time as the “The Stars Within Us†tune from the Colours album by Son Kite… All the way through the beats are cut, dubbed and filtered… It’s one of the most chilled tracks on the album – its beach-house trance! Nice!

    #06: “And now ladies and gentlemen, we present the biggest star in the universe!†Well, if we’re talking progressive beach trance, Kooler is definitely a strong contender for that title! Second track with Marcus… And this time, no ambient intro… In fact we’re now entering the more danceable part of the album… A deep, driving bassline sets the mood from the first second and alongside some wicked squelches it just builds and builds… Bob the Builder would be proud! ;o) Parts of this reminds me of the now famous Son Kite track “On Air†which is just as stellar as this is! Oh, and check out the samba-spice too… I’ll play this for ages! Best track here!

    #07: “Look at the way it goes aroundâ€â€¦ Another deep, housy, progressive trance tune here… Tribal, repetitive percussion work accompanied by light, happy melodies… Jaw-dropping production and some seriously groovy rhythms… Very stylish break and build-up… Very subtle, almost simple… But it works! Sweet track!

    #08: I’m not sure if this is the same as the Filur track Life Lift released by Kamaflage back in 2001 as I’ve never heard it – but whatever it is, it’s a nice little tune… Gone are the darker beats and we’re left with some smooth, chilled vibes… Delic’s! ;o)

    #09: Alright, time for the mango-track! This is also a relaxed piece, with a wonderful chilled atmosphere… Under normal circumstances that high-pitched squelch would have grossed me out, but here it just fits perfectly… The female vocals also add to the overall sexiness of this track… Sweet way to finish a sweet album! ;o)

    The promotional material describes this as “deep tribal grooves, awesome drops, infectious basslines and futuristic house…†Yeah, agreed… And might I also add smooth, groovy, funky, uplifting, euphoric and very, very sexy! As you can tell, I like the middle part of the album best, but all tracks are off a very high standard…

    Full-on goa-heads and devout minimal freaks, should probably stay clear of this release - unless they are open-minded! This is borderline stuff and often it crosses the boundaries well into house territory! But who really cares, as long as the music is good? And believe me; it’s good… It’s good… It’s goooood! ;o) If you enjoyed the Son Kite album “Coloursâ€, you’ll enjoy this too! Recommended!

    8.5/10

    Favourites: 2(!), 3(!!), 4(!), 6(!!!), 7

    DeathPosture
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    External links:
    Saiko Sounds: http://www.saikosounds.com/english/display_release.asp?id=4054 (Audio samples available!)
    Chaos Unlimited: http://www.chaosunlimited.co.uk/cgi-bin/product.asp?LR=DBFLCD73TEMP&TRM=Kooler
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    [Note: Should be out in the shops @ May 26! Look forward to it!]
     
  2. goa_kev

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    Ooooh another proggy type cd to be purchased! Cool! :Smile3:
     
  3. DeathPosture

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    *Bump*

    So, what do y'all think of this? Did it really go virtually unnoticed by, on your side of the pond?

    It still rocks my world! :rocker:

    DeathPosture
     
  4. Drat Mafia

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    ah yes, Kooler, hmm...i bought it without a download and in all honesty i think it was a mistake. i prefer my progressive 'trance' side of things and there is no denying that this is far more housey than say, FREq. however, it's a cool cd, amazing production as expected and very easy listening. i enjoy playing it when i go to sleep and warming up a house party but it's not really my taste.

    by the way is there actually a place in Denmark called Aalborg? it is the most disgusting drink i think i've ever had, felt like some sort of wallpaper stripper cleaning my insides :lol1:
     
  5. DeathPosture

    DeathPosture Fingering.Nuns.On.Mars

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    Hey Drat...

    Oh yes, Aalborg is very real... ;o) Photo "evidence"... *sS* ...4th largest city in Denmark, we have about 130.000 inhabitants... Just ask Lilo Ferret - she's lived nearby... :Grin:



    And the drink you're referring to - I take it you mean Aalborg Aquavit - also know as Aalborg Snaps or Red Aalborg!?

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    Yes, that is some hardcore booze... I don't really like it, but it's part of the Danish tradition, and especially around x-mas Danes drink A LOT of it... And actually after 3-4 shots, it starts tasting better...

    DeathPosture

    NP: Kooler - Superstar
     
  6. The Phonographist

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    What he said :Smile3:
     
  7. jamez_23

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    I like the last track - its very laid back without that much to make you sit up and notice. Very well produced tho'
     
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    oh god aalborg, wrong. plain wrong. :blink:
     
  9. Zaven

    Zaven Time to prime..

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    I like your general overview on music though Posture... Review something incredible and I wont miss it...

    I await your 9 or 10/10...



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