Matthew Crick, - on 7/6/12
Rey & Kjavik
Compost Black Label
Electronic music, similar to a volcanic ash cloud dominating the skyline, has risen highly and lingered within the respected Icelandic scene of late. Names that don’t always roll off a foreign tongue regarded as serious creative exports, producers such as Karius & Baktus, Fikt and Gus Gus all flying the flag, and now Rey & Kjavik are the latest additions to a growing Nordic contingent.
Magnus Rey and Isak Kjavik have very quickly earned a reputation for creating polished and hypnotic deep house. The emphasis is on quickly due to them releasing two EP’s in a matter of weeks, Wooden Chapter in March, and Compost Black Label 86 at the end of last month.
For their second installment, the Icelandic duo maintain the direct and bass-led grooves that featured previously, fusing soulful vocals with token synth rifts. ‘All Alone’ offers a dark and rugged backdrop, with only the vocals adding some semblance of life form. If ‘Listen’ were to be any deeper and trance-inducing it could be bottled and dispensed to kids with an ASBO. And finally ‘Disconia’ isn’t quite the glitter-balled utopia it necessarily denotes, however it is certainly a place where I imagine Rey & Kjavik find much of their inspiration for crafting very palatable music.
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