Almost a year since the last Binary instalment, Seattle based artist Klippee rides the current American drum & bass wave across the Atlantic and straight into the ears of Critical HQ. The resulting Binary Volume 19 gives us three tracks of pristine, hard edged D&B marking Klippee as one to watch this year.
Klippee – Too Tight
The listener is transported onto the sound stage of a
kung-fu movie with a beautifully arranged intro that is both cinematic and
welcoming. The perfectly mixed
percussion gives a rhythm to the song and the filter quickly leads to the well
placed drop. Rumbling along super low is
an amazing sub that glues the light and scattered percussion parts together
creating a well balanced stepper. With
an extremely light snare the percussion becomes the focus of the drum pattern
until you get the perfectly placed drum changes and teased with a heavily
processed break and an amen. Suggestive
and highly processed vocal edits tease and arouse the listener and compliment
the clean, minimal beat perfectly. This tune is going to be fun in the mix and
will no doubt put the sound system to the test with its heavy low end.
Klippee – Cached
Digital and robotic noise fills the atmosphere as a single
hat holds the timing. A fun and rather quick tension build tricks the listener
into thinking the tune is about to start, but it adds another section of
mixable hats and tension instead creating even more anticipation. Once the drop
hits a clean break holds the line as a rumbling sub stab and chaotic percussion
elements fill out the spectrum. Perfectly calculated timing changes sound as if
a computer is struggling to come online with glitching yet captive audio.
Melodic changes in the percussion and quirky edits keep the listener fully
intrigued and waiting for the next change. Another tune that will surely work
the sound system out and get the ceiling crumbles in all the drink cups.
Klippee – High Ping
Scattered and stereo panned FX and percussion cause intended
confusion and lack of direction setting the tone perfectly for the quirky intro
break to take your attention and focus you towards the approaching drop. A
highly processed vocal stab stays consistent on rhythm while the filtering
develops tension for the drop. Once the
drop hits a clean and steady break dominate the soundscape while an oscillating
sub moves around ferociously underneath giving movement to the tune. Again perfectly calculated glitches create a
break from the tune long enough for the elements to change up slightly and come
back with a familiar but different sound asking for your attention. This tune
does a great job of giving space for each element to shine on its own yet
really gets the listener moving when all the elements come together to create
the overall vibe. This one is a dance floor killer!