Artist: Andy Kolwes
Title: ‘Album’ LP
Label: Anyway | anyway04
A1) Tunnelrace (intro)
C1) Hold on
C2) Follow Your Dreams
D1) Schwede Daanz
D2) Just in Time
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Since first emerging in 2013, Andy Kolwes’ works have graced a litany of renowned labels, including All-Inn, La Pena and most notably, Einzelkind & Frost’s Pressure Traxx sublabel, Pressure Traxx Silver Series. Kolwes’ latest however, marks his biggest artistic statement to date. Simply entitled Album, the 2 x 12” release sees Kolwes return to his own label, Anyway, via a release that’s brimming with atmospheric delights from the off.
A man with a keen ear for trippy, hypnotic musical delights, it’s perhaps no surprise that as a DJ Kolwes has played alongside the likes of Raresh, Thomas Melchior, Baby Ford and Sammy Dee, while his previous productions have earned applause from names such as Ricardo Villalobos, Zip and tINI, with the latter even inviting him to play at her famed Ibiza parties, tINI & The Gang. As you might expect from the latter roll call, this is an album that’s never boring, with an emphasis on winding minimal atmospherics and tripped-out aesthetics at the heart of all that’s good.
We kick off with ‘Tunnel Race’, an off-kilter track and an encouraging opening salvo that features some mega heavy bass kicks that sound as though they’ve been lifted from a basketball court. A perfect albeit unusual way to get us underway, we then take a sharp right soon after via ‘Koi’. A nimble cut that’s drenched in positive vibes and canny guitar licks, it’s a microhouse gem of the sort that’s in keeping with Kolwes’ far-out inspirations. ‘Dubwah’ retains a similar minimal sheen, with the emphasis firmly placed on a catchy, hypnotic loop.
The energy then goes up a notch courtesy of ‘Hold On’, a sprightly peak-team flavoured gem of the sort that’s never lacking in energy. Stripped back but also full of flair, it’s sure to go down a treat with anyone who’s followed Kolwes’ work to date — as well as anyone who’s just stumbling across it for the first time. An intricate, meandering number that’s sure to go down a treat with the Romanians especially, this is minimal techno with a uniquely confident outlook and the swagger to match.
The perc-heavy, Perlon-inspired sounds of ‘Follow Your Dreams’ keeps the pace ticking over, with its many guitar licks and twinkle-toed melodies proving a fine accompaniment to matters elsewhere. ’Schwede Daanz’ is another dextrous minimal cut, while Kolwes’ then closes the release via ‘Just in Time’, a significant curtain-closer that showcases all that’s great about the producer’s ability to conjure up truly memorable and unique soundscapes. A track that’s never boring and an all-time favourite of Andy’s, it’s one that moves forward in a unique and poetic way, with its kalimba melodies the sign of a dizzyingly eclectic, triumphant and engaging release. A special set of tracks that have all played a part in Kolwes’ sets over the past few years, this is a release that showcases his sound with some distinction, which explains why it reads ’soundtrack’ on the back of the release, as the release really is one that’s a soundtrack to his life. Kolwes’ debut album it’s fair to say, is one that’s sure to be treated with warm affection.