TOKEN58 - Inigo Kennedy - Clarion Call
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Release date (vinyl & digital): 20th of November 2015

Token has been something of a mainstay for Inigo Kennedy ever since their very first release back in 2007. In the past eight years, we have seen a flurry of inspiring releases from the producer, each crafted with more finesse than the last. Last year, Token also saw the release of the Vaudeville LP. Here, Kennedy carved out a space in which to take on a more considered approach, thus allowing the experimental side of his sound to blossom. Clarion Call is Kennedy’s first release since 2014’s Vaudeville, returning to the EP format with poise.

The EP itself covers wide sonic ground in a short amount of time. It opens with pads that swell to euphoric heights, before crashing into a jittering hyper-sequenced groove. ‘The Fold’ lumbers forward in an off-centre rhythmic direction, wrong-footing the beat at every turn. But yet, the kicks on ‘Kepler’ land on the eardrums like boxing gloves to the face. Each thump gives the right-hook-left-hook treatment to the stereo-field. By the end, Kennedy’s percussive workout has reached its climax, and the fragments that remain recede into the surroundings.

Kennedy has a special talent for marrying earth-shattering dynamics with rapturous atmospheres. Where many producers whip up grandiose sci-fi soundscapes, Kennedy reels back to the dark and poignant. The result is an EP with sorrowful depth and technical power in equal measure. If this EP is a clarion call from Kennedy to his listeners, it is a call-to-arms to producers and club-goers alike. Kennedy reminds us: we should expect more from the dance-floor.

a1 Clarion Call
a2 The Fold
b1 Kepler
b2 Dusk

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