KM021 | Kondens – Second Coming
Kondens is collaboration between Swedish electronic music veterans Andreas Tilliander (Kontra-Musik, Mille Plateaux/Force Inc, Raster-Noton and Repeatle) and Stefan Thor aka Folie (Mitek). The sound is a hybrid of techy dubstep with a twist and banging dub-influenced techno. Pure peak time bliss without losing the love for dub and tape delays. The vinyl debut, First Cut EP, was a success. The Second Coming in now here including a breathtakingly beautiful Substance remix.
First out is the fast and furious broken dub-techno track – Flamingo. Rolling bass line and grainy synth layers strives towards a breakdown. But only after a short rest, the flamingo takes off again. With heavy production and the most elegant stab riff, Flamingo defines the Kondens sound – high energy dub tech. On the flip Substance (Chain Reaction) brings us down, deep down. With scraping harmonic samples and bass line production to kill for, this is just beautiful bass music. Or as Substance puts it: “It was a production with a lot of heart. The sound files lead me in a more dub-emotional-monumental direction. The key thing is the bass line. I hope the track will grow on you.” Tropic Star brings us back to the same energy level as on the A-side. The dub is more than present, but still this is dancefloor techno never weak in funk and energy. And this is exactly what Kondens is about.
Kondens is today a group that has matured into their own sound – and this sound something very heavy. Enjoy!
The EP is mastered and cut by Cbg at D&M for the proper bass sounds. Thanks!
The story of Kondens started one drunken night in Shanghai 2009. Southern Swedes, electronica producers, and friends since childhood, Stefan Thor and Andreas Tilliander, were on a China tour performing under their respective monikers, Folie and Mokira. One night they got drunk at the hotel and formed a band. As a duo they make playful, techy and wobbly dubstep with a twist. The bass reaches deep below into dark abysses of sound, while the beautiful harmonies always stay on the surface of the tracks. Both Andreas Tilliander and Stefan Thor have been making electronic music since the eighties, but it’s not until 2010, with Kondens, that the two finally meet as a duo.
Tilliander and Thor has been putting out records on genre defining labels such as Mille Plateaux/Force Inc, Raster-Noton, Echocord, Mitek and Type Records.
World Wide Distribution by CLONE
- Artists: Kondens & Substance
- Title: Second Coming
- Label: Kontra-Musik Records
- Format: Vinyl 12” + digital
- Cat.No.: km021
- Release date: 111109
- Digital Release date: 111123
B1: Valvet (Substance remix)
B2: Tropic Star