K. Hand* ‎– The Art Of Music

!K7 Records ‎– !K7R014CD
CD, Album


1 Messenger 7:24
2 Census 4:25
3 Eternal 5:09
4 Drama 5:44
5 Telekinesis 5:20
6 Noise 7:09
7 Flash 4:42
8 Voyeur 5:56
9 Insight 5:13
10 Heaven 5:49

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Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 30003 80142 6
  • Matrix / Runout: SNV K7R014 CD 04
  • Label Code: LC 7306


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March 18, 2010

I honestly don't know that much about K.Hand's work, having only heard her Ready for the Darkness album previous to this. This album is completely different, and is much more electro influenced and has more varied elements going on in each track. Don't let the "broken beat" comparisons put you off - this is no drum 'n bass album. Really well produced and the album has a nice flow to it...not monotone at all and not some kind of stale retro ripoff either. Lots of colorful sounds and interesting bits in there while still sounding very much like classic 313 material. If you like Detroit Techno, get this album. I've no idea why it's received such a low overall rating here.


June 16, 2008

Some very complex broken beats and highly advanced programming on this album which i personally consider one of Kelli's finest moments, sounding so warm and dynamic.

Though this longplayer is as "Detroit" as Techno can be, most of the tracks build on broken beats - although there's at least one heavy straight stomper included ("Insight"). Driven by sizzling hi-hats and cleverly syncopated funky claps, rims and snares, the tracks soon start to suck you into a fierce whirl of analogue sounds - bleepy synths, sci-fi pads and fat electro basslines included. Try "Census", "Flash", "Noise" or the wonderfully melancholic, epic "Heaven".

This is anything but "minimal". Kelli arranges and programms her gear with mastery and sparkling creativity. One fabulous idea hunts another, and Detroit Techno's first lady doesn't hesitate a second to include each and every one of them - still without blurring the general concept of each track to much.

Many of the tracks have a lot in common with each other. They seem to share the same basic concept and machinery (mostly Roland gear), and I would bet that they were produced shortly after each other in a short period of time. This overall feel caputered in each track adds a lot to the quality of "The Art Of Music" as an album and gently makes you forget that "skip"-button on your cd-player. However, each track is a totally different take on this concept.

Kelli Hand sure shows her own trademark sound on this one. Not quite compareable to the signature sound of any of the men from Detroit - but if i had to choose, I'd say that this is as close to Juan Atkins as you can get without simply copying his blueprint.

Highly recommended for both listening and dancing.


May 11, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Kelli takes on the men of Detroit and just about anyone else who gets in her way and beats them all at their own game; and proving yes indeed that she's not just a DJ, music producer or music maker, but in fact an ARTIST. There is sanctity within the noise here it's music in all it's beautiful connoctations and you can make love to the sound of machines. Where Kraftwerk failed Kelli succeeded. Moving and powerful, a statement sadly misunderstood and overlooked. Any producer, music maker or DJ should do themselves the favour and buy this album.