Kassem Mosse, Workshop 12

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Workshop 12 is a strange one. For one, the whole thing operates within normal house tempos, which in itself is an odd turn of events for a label that often pushes the BPMs down as far as it possibly can. Brushing tempos aside, however, the A side is a truly weird piece of abstract, bearded techno, one that only a label such as Workshop could really get away with. It kicks off with the word fragment “-ensuality” looped over and over again while bass jabs and contorted string samples wrap themselves around each other. After everything gets going, however, it all just sort of falls apart, resulting in the latter half of the track being practically nothing but the looped vocal (something immediately apparent by just looking at the grooves on the vinyl). It’s a pretty out-there arrangement, but somehow it works.

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The B-side is a bit more straightforward, starting with the deep and Noir-ish B1. Unstable sounds oscillate off in the distance while the steady clicks of Mosse’s drum machine keep track of time. The B2 is short but sweet, with an aggressive arpeggiated bass line phasing in and out and half-time percussion, giving the track a rickety but endearing quality. Given Kassem’s now-relatively high profile it’s safe to say he’s tapped into a vibe that’s all his own yet universal in its support from many corners of dance music. That he manages to keep putting out records of the highest quality, always with a couple surprises up his sleeve, just confirms that his is one of the most vital voices around.

Elmyr  on March 15, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Amazing. His best since, uh, his last EP on Workshop.

Anton  on March 15, 2011 at 11:24 AM

I own this and like it quite a bit, but I like “Untitled” from his split EP on Laid a lot more. If the B2 track were twice as long it would be tougher to make that call.

Elmyr  on March 15, 2011 at 11:43 AM

That particular track on the Laid Workshop EP is incredible for sure, but the release as a whole is weakened by the somewhat soporific B-side.

And maybe it’s just me, but Workshop 12’s B1 sounds like the coming of spring.

mats  on March 16, 2011 at 5:36 AM

For me the best stuff he has released is the 2D EP on Kinda Soul from late last year.
Title track track is amazing and the others are solid. The one track on the Laid release is good for sure, but I agree with the poster above, the other track isn’t that good…

BPP  on March 18, 2011 at 1:54 PM

I honestly eat up everything this guy does and it’s such a treat to see where he goes with each release, but I have to say that his Aqueous Haze 12″ is still my overall favorite. Both of those tracks just destroy. It was coincidentally the first thing of his I heard also. I’d say my runner up is the 2D EP. But anyway, really love “rooting” for this guy.

mats  on March 23, 2011 at 6:02 AM

^ 578 from Aqueous Haze sure is a good track…

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