After some minor delays Klockworks celebrates its tenth release by introducing Ukrainian artist Etapp Kyle to the label. It's the young producer's first vinyl offering and it's likely he'll enjoy a similar spotlight of exposure to that of DVS1 did he debuted on Ben Klock's imprint. The title track "Astra" sees melodic arpeggios bleep over a solid four-four kick drum as a 909 drum machine is used percussively as much as it is atmospherically. Kyle keeps things tonal in "Drama" adding a subtle dubby edge, while "Aurora" sounds like a chime-filled take of Ben Klock's most defining tracks "Pulse" and "Subzero". Kyle caps his homage to Berghain's most famous DJ with more sweet blips and tough-loving drums that are surrounded by a crackling ambience in "Prizma".
Ben Sims, Brian James, Flori, Dave Miller, Patrick Bateman (Tic Tac Toe), Tripeo, Luke Slater, Joachim Spieth (Affin), Le Loup, Eric Duncan, Woo York, 3.14, James Ruskin, Vadim Griboedov, J. Haller, Resident Advisor, Sev Dah, Gareth Wild (EarToGround Records)
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