Kratos Himself – Dandelion Seeds (EP Review)
Music that defies pigeonholing should always be a welcome addition to anyone’s collection and the latest EP from Dutch producer Kratos Himself flies straight into that department. Dandelion Seeds is the third release on Jus Like Music Records from the man known to his friends and bank manager as Jethro Hopmans and it shows a beautiful balance between delicacy and deep bass frequency experimentation.
A 6-tracker (thanks Kratos – that’s a proper EP) it opens with single Razor Leaves which wobbles into view with a drifty palete of Asian-inflected synths and thumb pianos. The head-nodding mood continues into Emerald City with a rattle of percussiveness settling into a broken pattern of beats and boom.
Dandelion’s whispery vocals introduce an emotion-filled wall of melody whilst Bloom shifts the pace up a couple of notches and adds some warped horns, a little flute and sitar. If this makes you think the kitchen sink is being chucked at it then think again, every track on the release has been very well thought through to produce an EP that is cohesive.
The final two tracks Tell On You and Forget Me Not finish the job to complete a really impressive release. Equally at home as a early evening groove-setter, a late night bliss-out or a tea-sipping hangover soundtrack, Dandelion Seeds comes highly recommended for fans of Bonobo, beats and slo-mo bass times.