What's perhaps most impressive about Gunnar Wendel's music is that no matter where he takes his machines—brittle 140+ BPM wigglers, stoney Roland porn, big room catharsis for introverted deep house heads—he's equally playing to his strengths and going out on a limb. For this guy, the two impulses are deeply intertwined. Very few producers have been given license to cover so much ground as the man we call Kassem Mosse, and few have been able to deliver on the promise of sounding simultaneously like everyone and no one. As I sit here in anticipation of writing about Mosse's latest, I wonder what's left to say about this guy's tunes. But as long as he keeps recording music as effortlessly unexpected as the four tracks on offer here, I doubt nerds like me will have trouble finding the words.
A good one to start with is "effortless": not one track on Enoha sounds all that much like the next, and yet they all derive from the same well-developed strain of paranoia. The title cut feels bored, but not really in a bad way: pacing back and forth unsteadily, pitched snaps and a foot-tapping kick pass the time until a simply funky shaker arrives and gets things started in earnest. "GSO2" steps into the party with its eyes already rolled pretty far back in its head, requiring an array of little cymbal hits to poke and prod its low moan to keep it conscious. On the flip, things get a bit pricklier. There's very little congruous melody to be found on "Inswanna," but the irregular rhythms and wisps of color fit together like skin and knife. Continuing in the steppin' vein of "7am" from his recent Musical Generics 7-inch, "Sleepworking" casually steals the show, hollowing out Drexciya and Hessle Audio but declining to fill in the holes. This release shows the world of Kassem Mosse growing ever more twisted and unexpected—a seemingly improbable feat, but one we've grown to expect.
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Tracklist: Kassem Mosse - Enoha EP A1 Enoha