Previously one half of the punchy Kotelett & Zadak pairing that brought you Exploited gems like Roadhouse (with that huge Whitesquare remix) and Crave Dave, Kotelett is now going on a solo tip and is showing no signs of slowing down the stellar output. Two new tracks arrive with a very fine remix from Musumeci in support.
Lifted is a hypnotic chugger of a track. Revolving around a monotone bass pattern and light stabs, it builds slowly and imperceptibly with gentle percussion adding to the driving, heads-down feel. Occasional blasts of an old-skool Euro / early trance vibe synth melody punctuate the bars, and the uncluttered arrangement sucks you in with subtle variations and dizzying FX slung deep into the mix.
I Feel Different is on a more housey tip, with a looping feel to the nagging synth hooks and low-slung bass syncing up beautifully with the skipping percussion. A blissed-out breakdown gives a breather before we go stomping again, and the whole affair has more than a little of the Parisian house vibe to it.
Siciliys Musimeci provides a more charged remix of Lifted, taking its cues from Italo and electro in the process. A shimmering hi-hat groove propels track along with arpeggiated bass, and that Euro synth hook is utilised more frequently for a more intense feel. Its complemented by the breakdowns fizzing proto-trance arpeggiation and melancholy stabs. Soaring pads lift the track further and add a chord progression underneath, and the whole thing comes together in quite glorious fashion.