Kim Bilir ‎– Feelin ?

Cosmic Records ‎– COS 025
2 × Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM



Made in U.K.


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June 24, 2010
edited over 8 years ago

Remember the late 90's and the loopy tribal techno prevalent then? This comes from that era but it's a strange record. "Kim Bilir" means "Who Knows?" in Turkish; the cover images depict what look like women from the Sahara all covered up; and the music itself sounds a bit Brasilian to me. It's somewhat slower than the other records in this genre and I suppose works as well as a House record as a Techno one. As befits a proper techno record there are no track names and minimal information. It's part of the "Club Tools" series and is meant to be a DJ tool.

As you would expect from the above the tracks are pretty much one bar loops. There's a bunch of filter sweeping and that trademark Cosmic Records reverb so that it sounds like it's being played in a big club even when you are at home. The loops are extremely catchy and groovy. The drums and sample sources are atypical. As I said before they remind me of Batucada and there is also a bit of a middle eastern flavor. There's good use of vocal samples; one of my favorites uses a moaning woman to hypnotic effect.

Maybe it's the lack of information and the mystery surrounding the record; maybe it's the atmospheric production; maybe it's the unstoppable rhythms that never fail to make me move but there's something about this record that puts it at the pinnacle of that tribal techno era/movement. This is one of the best dj tool records out there and can easily be enjoyed on its own, not only mixed with others. Too bad that it seems to have disappeared entirely, I couldn't even find any samples of it.