Camo & Krooked Are Breaking Barriers With Mosaik
Posted by Josh on 18th July 2017
Camo & Krooked have been unleashing their unbelievable musical talent upon the world for the best part of a decade now, and their latest album Mosaik is truly revolutionary for the scene. We haven’t heard much of the duo since the weird and wonderful sounds of Zeitgeist back in 2013, however I can only assume that their lives must have been consumed by the beckoning of their studio – this album is a masterclass in sound-design.
Before I dive into some of the tracks themselves, I believe it is important to highlight how unique this album is compared to anything I have ever listened to before. I strongly disagree with the desire to situate every drum and bass release into a subgenre, and yet with Camo & Krooked’s latest efforts, this is literally impossible anyway. The ingenuity continues to baffle me in the best way possible.
Here are a few personal favourites from the album:
We begin the epic journey with Broken Pieces. This track is dominated by the powerful, exposed vocals of Nihils, and the salvos of synth and bass that emanates from the open space is simply glorious.
If ever you wanted to show someone who Camo & Krooked are, Ember is an obvious starting place. The captivatingly beautiful melody is built up layer upon layer, until a barrage of melodically resonate sounds is expelled in your general direction. This is a hauntingly flawless track with astounding production value.
Moving further down the track-list we get to Good Times Bad Times. This is a minimalistic banger, which paradoxically has an effortlessly relaxed soundscape – and yet the switch on the second ‘drop’ is the most interesting thing about this tune. I’m sensing a UK garage / deep house vibe on this outro and it’s strangely invigorating to hear in this context.
Honesty is a vocal debut for Markus (Krooked) and I’m a huge fan. The entire track is a soulful outburst for the duo, joyous with every jabbing synth, euphoric for every vocal croon. It also rolls off perfectly into the harmonious atmospheres of Tagtraum.
However, the highlight of the entire LP has to be Mandala with Mefjus. The combination of the different musical styles has worked wonders here, hostile percussion skittering loosely across the rumbling bassline – contrasting gorgeously with the majorly synthetic elements in the half-time section towards the end. It was one of the most anticipated tracks of the year, and I would also say it’s one of the best.
The minimalistic serenity is picked up again with Passion, but this one is a little more sombre than the rest. The rippling synths change intensity constantly, and that vocal hook keeps us guessing as to the meaning of the title – is this aimed at those who are sceptical of the new C&K style?
Personally there is no doubt in my mind about what Camo & Krooked have achieved through this album. It takes talent and nerve to pursue such a different sound within the comfortable confines of the current drum and bass scene, and I do believe this will be a reference point for many future experimental releases – and rightly so.