Andre Kronert’s drums hit with diamond-cut precision on “Purpose,” the lead track from his new EP of the same name from Kneaded Pains. Best known for his Odd/Even imprint, Kronert’s tracks embody “minimalism” as it was meant to be — as an aesthetic philosophy, rather than just an adjective. Kronert’s “Purpose” is as barebones as a DJ tool but never arid or inert; it’s alive and radiating more energy than any similar techno track drenched in synth sweeps and effects could be. How Kronert builds momentum and takes listeners on an emotional journey without seeming to do very much at all is amazing, like watching a drummer that manages to move all four limbs autonomously to drive a frantic beat while not seeming to move much at all.
“Babylon” works in a similar vain but with a lighter touch and the introduction of sparse but brutally effective tones that like a trick of light on glass seems to shimmer dramatically with the slightest movement.
Andre Kronert: Purpose EP (Kneaded Pains / May 21 2021 / Digital)
1. Andre Kronert: Purpose (06:05)
2. Andre Kronert: Babylon (06:01)
3. Andre Kronert: Babylon (Fossil Archive AKA Roberto Remix) (06:07)
⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo by the label.