Published Feb 21, 2018For Right There, his third release on label Karaoke Kalk, Berlin-based Ant Orange cycles through an exploration of sound and composition, pulsing through groove, scant house, lo-fi jazz and funk.
The opening title track is an eight-minute progressive epic that grows slowly from soft keys and percussive clips to a steady beat building across the album's only upbeat offering. From there, the tracks wind down, almost deconstructing from "Right There" as they go. "Drunk in the Trunk" slows down significantly, looping vocals over a lazy wah pedal that moves with the entire track, pushing into "Let That Sink In" with its walking upright bass and smoky percussion with light snaps of snare and flicks of hi-hat.
The album's B-side continues in its compositional; breakdown, presenting tracks that are entirely stripped down and contemplative, such as the dream-sequence soundscape of "Comfort Zone" playing with luminous synths and flighty vocal samples, or the bare bones of "Muscle Beach," with its soft bass line and high-register synth. It's a surprising EP that gets better as it flows along. (Karaoke Kalk)