Son Kite ‎– Consign / Topic: Perm

Acid Casualties ‎– ACDC 003
Vinyl, 12", 33 ⅓ RPM


A Consign 11:30
AA Topic: Perm 12:14

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November 6, 2003

One of the very first Son Kite releases here, if not even _the_ first. They've always had a very special flow to their music, mainly borrowed from the style of labels like Headzone and Groundgroove. It's very obvious that Massimo Vivona has been a big inspiration - some sounds and structures are almost identical to his earlier releases.

"Consign" takes a while to start up, but once it gets going it offers a monotone 16th note bassline and their typical (and truly wonderful) percussion from the time combined with growling, bubbling, filter-ridden effects. Something Son Kite have always excelled at are breaks - this is no exception. With amazingly little effort they build the tension perfectly. You always have this feeling that there is something big coming, but they hold it back for ever and ever, yet not boring the listener. It takes some talent to pull that off. As with most of their older track there's sort of a fake ending before the last minute or two of the track. "Consign" isn't going to be remembered as their best track ever, but it's not an unthinkable candidate for a greatest hits album if you'd ask me.

"Topic Perm" starts up a little quicker, after a brief intro with some *very* filtered sound, which I believe is a voice. Sounds to me like a great deal of effect sounds in their tracks are voices actually. Another monotone but oh so warm 16th note bassline here and a muffled kick. The percussion is what makes this track really fantastic; a combination of chirping high-end noises and wooden drums in the most exquisite patterns and combinations. They layer a second bassline on there, or perhaps its a drum? Either way, it's amazingly groovy despite its simplicity. The sparsely used rattling 32nd note bursts of percussion are great and have been copied by others numerous times. This track sounds a lot like "Imprint" on their debut album Minilogue, but is slightly more restrained in the percussion department, at least initially. But they could very well be different mixes of the same track really. A melody that sounds like a flanged bird comes and goes before the ending where all sorts of tribal-esque drumming is going on.

Conclusion: Essential for the Son Kite fan and some damn fine dance music. Style-wise it's not like their recent tracks, but if you've liked them from the start then this is very much recommended.