Published Sep 29, 2018Bulgarian DJ and electronic music producer Katerina calls Helsinki home now. No surprise, then, that her debut EP draws on a uniquely European mix of throwback experimentation and modern-day polish.
Just When You Thought It Was Over is not an IDM offering, but it is a reflection of someone who understands the value of a sharp edge when applied to electronic music. The EP's most obvious balance of old and new — or, more precisely, hard and soft — is "Muthafukka."
The expletive is looped like a sample and featured prominently on almost the entire track. It's an idea straight out of Steve Reich's Early Works. (Aspiring producers, please refer to "Come Out" for a handy blueprint.) By balancing that sample against bright electronics and a soft vocal track, Katerina delivers a well-rounded number that is a little bit shocking, but mostly quite pleasant. Its #MeToo relevance speaks for itself.
The five-track EP opens with "Solitude Survivor." You can practically taste the old-school industrial elements, yet it's all so updated that the references may well go unnoticed. It's a nice mid-tempo instrumental that lovers of sad dance music will eat up.
"Be A Child" is another highlight, offering up the EP's most memorable synth line — an optimistic, fresh piece of writing Vince Clarke would be proud to call his own.
Just When You Thought it Was Over is a fine first effort. Given her penchant for extended DJ sets, it's safe to assume Katerina is only getting started. (Comeme)