Ksmisk - Balder EP (Cymawax 001)

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Trulz & Robin present: Ksmisk – Balder EP
Digital version exclusively available through Bandcamp

Marking the first output of Cymasonic’s offshot vinyl-only label and collabaration with Subwax, the Balder EP is a two-hundred copy, hand stamped entry into the world of Cymawax. There’s no better way to start than with four quality tracks of hot and crunchy Norwegian techno with soul by Trulz & Robin, under their new moniker for otherworldly machine sounds: Ksmisk. The duo from Oslo have been a force in Norway’s electronic music scene for over two decades, but their current project is set to bend and exceed all expectations. The title track makes full use of spacial effects to create the kind of landscape deserving of the cavernous exchange of industrial rooms or the breathing walls of smaller sweatboxes. Its energetic arpeggiation carries the driving, raw bass line home. Less linear and more neurotic, “Jonson” squelches its way into existence. Next, “Water” is as fluid as the name suggests, using deep, delayed dub chords to sustain listeners during its eight minute life. Finally, the release ends on “Tehjerk” which is full of electricity, heavily charged with distortion and powerful drums before opening up into a euphoric waterfall of melodies. It’s fitting that this chronicle should end up pressed onto wax, a monument to the physical launch of Cymawax and Trulz & Robin presenting Ksmisk.

Selected reactions:

Danny Tenaglia
Rating: 5/5 Sounds good

Tensnake (Mirau/Permanent Vacation)
Rating: 4/5 Massive EP

Daniel Bortz (Suol/Pastamusik)
Rating: 5/5 Cool one

Rodion (Alien Alien/Gomma/Eskimo/Nang/Slow Motion)
Rating: 4/5 Balder for me, but overall production is great

Baldo / BLD (Good Ratio/Neovinyl/Street Knowledge/BLD Tape Recordings)
Rating: 5/5 Cool tracks!! all very different between them but really well produced

Saulty (Downtown Party Network/Eskimo/Compost/Get Physical/Noir)
Rating: 4/5 ‘Balder’ is a groover!

C-Rock (Motorcitysoul/stir15/Cocoon)
Rating: 4/5 Biiig fan of T&R for a long time! Dig this one too. Great release!

Al Bradley (3am Recordings/Fabric/Paper/Hearts Of Darkness)
Rating: 5/5 Superb club beats right here – All four offer up something I can use in various sets

Nick Warren (Hope Recordings/Way Out West/Renaissance)
Rating: 5/5 Excellent tracks from the guys, full support

Massimiliano Pagliara (Live At Robert Johnson/Balihu)
Rating: 5/5 HOT!

Makossa (Makossa & Megablast/Luv Lite Recordings)
Rating: 4/5 Great tracks

Tim Paris (Marketing Music/My Favorite Robot/It’s a Fine Line)
Rating: 4/5 Lovely EP, going to play this a LOT!

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released May 11, 2016

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Cymasonic / Cymawax Barcelona, Spain

Cymasonic Recordings is a musical imprint and collaboration between long time friends Trulz & Robin (Trulz Kvam, Robin Crafoord) and Arildo (Arild Lopez). The 3 connected through music in the underground techno scene in Oslo the mid 90’s and have been collaborating on hundreds of parties and a handful of records before finally deciding to do a label together 15 years later. ... more

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