Following KiloWatts' previous offering, Problem/Solving
, a thematic musical mosaic of personal disorder and resolve, Routes
presents a dynamic trip through myriad experiences, documents a year of traveling to new and untold places, and etches into stone the aural fragments of the moods that came with them. KiloWatts constructs lively and engaging compositions using torn breakbeats, psychedelic lock-grooves, warm keys, hypnotic downtempo rhythms, and revelatory musical progressions. All of these elements coexist in a seamless flow alongside fragments of overheard conversations and the subtle noises of subways, highways, and trains. Pushing forward into new sonic territory and defying genre labels, Routes also incorporates crispy beats, complex programming, and enough computer tweaks and glitches to satisfy any listener's lust for fresh new sounds. With technical wizardry and melodic sensibility, KiloWatts has taken the adventure, vagrancy, and trepidation of traveling and wrapped them up into a compelling album. Notably new, but unmistakably KiloWatts, the album takes us on a vibrant, energetic aural road-trip.
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[Editor's Pick] "...Mixing glitch and complex programming with warm downtempo and psychedelic loops, static and the sound of the rails with boarding announcements and lilting melodies, Kilowatts takes all the stress out of travel... Highly recommended."
"Think Aphex Twin with a little dash of Autechre and plenty of hypnotic groove and downtempo breaks. I'm thinking about how redefining this album is for the whole IDM and ambient genre in of itself. If you don't pick up this album, you're missing out on a genre-definer for sure."
[10/10] "Stunning!...'Routes' really is a work of beauty that every electronic/IDM fan simply must own, and for the first time in my reviewing career I can only give a perfect score. Essential listening."
Product Code: AMM0008-2