He’s been around. Having already an active involvement with electronic music and beyond managing his own label Karakter Records or playing in all corners of Europe, the Portuguese Amsterdam-based DJ and music producer Pedro Martins has released previous works on labels such Areal, Submarine Vibes & Blankhaus; tracks which represents different faces of his musical apprenticeship. But after taking two years off from production, he returns with refreshed ideas and insights channeled into his brand new EP entitled ‘Kerala’, featuring the clarinetist Martin Grozdanoski.
In point of fact, this work is the first in a series of four ‘chapters’, from whence the original idea was to create an epic sonic from India to Portugal via Morocco. This is due, mainly, to the huge amount of material collected when Martin came to play the clarinet in Pedro’s studio early this year. Together, they realized that to juggle things around it would be better to approach the recordings in sequential EP’s, therefore, taking full advantage of the whole material which has been recorded. At this very moment, Casa Caos proudly releases the beginning of this saga.
Bathed by the Arabian Sea in the extreme southwest of India, Kerala is one of the 28 states of the country, well-known for its coconut palm-lined coasts, a lethargic ensemble of backwaters, stately houseboats and tea-covered hills. Under this laid-back scenario, they put together an intense tropical soundscape blended in quite mysterious timbres and melodies. Pedro played the djembe & congas while the theme in the clarinet was heavenly leaded by Mr. Grozdanoski.
Despite many instances in which they’ve exploited the composition, there is a continual tenseness curving around, which nicely contrasts with the receptive atmosphere between wind instruments and reverberating elements. To complete the package for an all-around downtempo experience the EP includes a trustworthy multi-layered remix by the ancestral futuristic Portuguese producer BirdZzie.
Short but not forgettable, sounding warm and intimate, the creative spirit is clearly heard throughout ‘Kerala EP’. And as a result, each listening holds a new discovery on this tropical symphony. Even if the sequencing still has to be tabled, this first of four chapters certainly provides an assertive starting point.