This is Atemporal, a timeless sound journey through undiscovered cultures. Complex drum rhythms, touching melodies and characteristic basslines take you into the world of KRAUT (Daniel Zuur). The basic elements of the tracks were born in 2017. After four strong releases, KRAUT went back to the original sounds of his Especias EP (Shika Shika, 2016).
From that moment on, the ideas were moving and flowing, just like the rhythm of life works. Inspired by music from Central Africa, Nigeria and Ivory Coast, it evolved into a robust four-track EP. KRAUT composed a sound bouquet full of warm kalimba flavours, driving djembe’s blended with punchy kicks and hypnotizing synthesizers. All of those various elements provide tantalizing dynamics, while bringing a downtempo club vibe for home listeners. For the track Luna Nueva, KRAUT worked together with Israel-based percussionist Nadav Dagon. The artwork is made by Portuguese based artist, Agatha Barbosa.
released June 15, 2020
// RECORD LABEL: KROOKS Records // PUBLISHER: The Missing Sync x KROOKS // DISTRIBUTOR: The Orchard // ARTWORK: Agatha Barbosa // MASTERING: Jaron van de Weg // PERCUSSION LUNA NUEVA: Nadav Dagon //
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LUNA NUEVA – STERRENNACHT – VINCENT VAN GOGH
Movement & flowing are themes of the Atemporal EP. I see parallels between this Van Gogh masterpiece and the turbulent flow in the track Luna Nueva. Its unusual rhythms invite you to listen carefully. For this track, I collaborated with percussionist Nadav Dagon. He gave the track another dimension with his rhythms and sounds. When Van Gogh created this painting in 1889 he was able to show turbulent currents. This makes it seem as if the drawing is in constant motion. Van Gogh was able to ‘catch’ movement in a way no artist has ever done before.
ATEMPORAL – GAIA – ALEX GREY (1989)
Atemporal is the Spanish word for timelessness. The eponymous track on my upcoming EP, takes you back to an ancient world while connecting to the modern world. The use of nature versus the use of technology, the natural sounds versus the sounds of synthesizers. Nowadays we have to connect both worlds! However, we should not forget where it all comes from.
When you take a closer look at this painting of Gaia, you will notice that Alex Grey’s vision still strikes on today’s world.
ESPIRAL – STILL FROM A VIDEO MADE BY CAN BUYUKBERBER
Capricornio is a homage to one of the most interesting shapes I have ever seen: The so-called spiral.
Spirals are common in nature, as well as in sacred architecture. In the natural world, we find spirals in the DNA double helix, sunflowers, paths of draining water, weather patterns, snail shells and even the shape of your hair at the crown of your head is a spiral. In ancient cultures, the spiral stood as a symbol for growth, evolution and some suggest they represent the cycle of rebirth. For me, the release of the Atemporal EP feels like a rebirth. In all those years of evolution and growth, I feel it’s absolutely present. Let’s flow on that endless spiral!
ARIES – DOORBRAAK (BREAKTHROUGH) BY MY MOM, ELLY ENIS
The Atemporal EP is definitely a huge breakthrough for me. It all started with this track Aries, back in 2017. From then till now I went to a period with a lot of inner movement, personal growth and changes of scenery. One of the biggest alterations was my move from bedroom studio to a real studio.
This piece of art is called ‘Doorbraak’ which means breakthrough. It’s made by one of my creators – my mother. I love the way she painted this – tight surfaces with organic shapes. Completely out of the grid. That’s how I feel and that’s the way how I produce music.
Let’s keep out of that grid, it makes things way more interesting!