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Learned Ethics / Imposed Ethics

by Kohl

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julian A fresh, propulsive, spaced-out look at the classic dub techno sound. Favorite track: Resolution (Empathy).
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Joseph Guisti Most dub techno sticks close to the Basic Channel formula by arranging chords, clicks and kicks out on a platter like a reverb soaked charcuterie, content to let it spin in space for a few minutes. That’s a solid formula, but this tape makes dub techno raw again by bringing big slabs of vinyl noise and the distorted corners of kick transients further forward in the mix, making everything more lumbering, but also more 3D and tingly. It’s sexy, but it’s noisy, too. So yeah. Cop this.


Cassette Edition
Hand-numbered cassette limited edition of 120 copies on pro-dubbed chrome plus tape. Packaged in a cardboard box of 100% recycled stock and download coupon.


Kohl is the dub-based project of New York City artist and musician Nathaniel Young. With Kohl, Nathaniel focuses on enveloping melodies and sounds that are often contrasted with subtle and evolving minimal textures and the rhythmic patterns generated from them. The resulting music is contemplative and warm, invoking reflection while maintaining a sense of motion/evolution. The Kohl project is an outlet for personal transformation; it is Young rewiring his understanding of morality and ethics. Interpretations of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, ‘good’ and ‘evil’. Musically, Learned Ethics / Imposed Ethics is a fine collection of ultra-textural ambient pieces with minimal changes like "The Possibility Of The Infinite", slow tempo tracks like "Moral Supposition", the dance-floor focused "Resolution (Empathy)", and "The Inquisition", which displays Kohl’s signature dub-techno style.


released March 16, 2018

Recorded and produced in summer 2016, NYC, by Nathaniel Young. Vocal portions on tracks 3-4 contains dialogue between Nathaniel Young and Warren Mark Way.

Mastered by Dino Spiluttini in Vienna

Design & photo by Daniel Castrejon


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