Label: R2 Records
Karizma‘s alter-ego takes the main stage on this release as Kaytronik voices his opinion on events close to his home and his heart the only way he knows – through his music. Taken from his upcoming Thee Album, State We In is a harder hitter and the first track. As the world falls yet again in turmoil through the dark curtains of police brutality and covert racism which are ending in fatalities sweeping the US last year, it couldn’t have hit any more closer than in his own back yard.
The mounting frustrations of the riots played out along tinny angst beat-driven intro. I get it – the building tension; when the pressure becomes too much. Sampled commentary is a reflector and the message as Baltimore burned last April. As the heaviness of the production deepens into entranced, carnal rhythms brought to attention by what sounds like an acute sampled police siren the testament is all too clear about the state we in. This a real representation of how dance/electronic music can have a political voice and be taken seriously.
I say is more upbeat and full of broken mayhem. Broken beat is seeing a new issuance of young new talent getting to grips with the movement over the past 18 months which has given the scene a new injection of life. This is a mother-stonker of track with wicked-as-hell sub bass line, I can’t wait to hear this tremble on woofer. Oh and that re-triggering magic fingers thing he does is in there a plenty, it will set your ears ringing, your head nodding and your feet freaking out. There is no question that Karizma/Kaytronik strongly continuing his creative streak and he’s taking it where he needs it to go.
Reviewed by Sandra Swaybe-Barrett
On general release 19 February
Also on the 19 February