"Sometimes I sink into the dark side of life, lucky me to have music to pull me back into the light" Kutiman.
Following on from his critically acclaimed Open LP
released in October, revered polymath Kutiman
returns to Siyal Music
with his Dense EP
Kutiman continues to push forward with developing his sound as we see the artist creating his first ever electric leaning release.
Not the only first, as the haunting vocals layered throughout are a result of Kutiman debuting his very own voice.
Kutiman pulls elements from various musical inspirations, be it moody electronica, garage and 2step, modern classical music, ambient or twisted r'n'b.
The outcome is a unique, cutting edge blend of emotional pitched down vocals, melodic airy pianos and glitching sound effects.
"This EP expresses emotions from a dark period that I went through.
At the time I was into dark electronics and also found inspiration from Rhythm and Sound, Burial, The Blaze, Plasticman and more.
The EP all started from a little "Volca" drum machine, which I hooked up and set up a mostly analogue setup around it with some synths and drum machines that enabled me to "jam" a lot of the music without the need to stop for overdubbing or editing".
With an illustrious career spanning over a decade, Ophir Kutiel aka Kutiman moved to Tel Aviv as a teenager to study jazz at the prestigious Rimon music college.
It was during this time that he was able to immerse himself in music, with influences cited as Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, Amon Tobin and Parliament.
Fast forward to 2007 and his self-titled debut album received a 8.2 rating from Pitchfork and set the precedent for what was to come.
Other tastemakers to highlight over the years include; The Guardian, Billboard, The New Yorker, The Wire, Uncut and XLR8R among others.
Kutiman is forever pushing boundaries with his music, and draws on a range of world influences from spiritual jazz to psychedelic funk.
'Dense EP' sees Kutiman adding yet another string to his musical bow, as we enter the era of electronic inspired music.