Review: Kristin Velvet – High Ache/No Worries

Our favourite antipodean producer, Kristin Velvet, returns with another standout double header on Cassy’s Kwench imprint; High Ache/No Worries. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight takes a listen to an excellent release.

If there is one thing we can certainly say about Kristin Velvet, it is that she is a consistent artist. As a producer, her releases are always on-point and her latest – a two track release – certainly doesn’t fly in the face of her conventions, as she delivers two tracks that are primed to obliterate global dancefloors. The Aussie producer also knows how to work a crowd behind the decks, so her experience behind the wheels certainly translates into her work behind the mixing desk, injecting as much energy into her productions as she does into any baying crowd.

Released on Cassy‘s influential Kwench label, Velvet joins a host of well-respected stable-mates including Sascha DiveDJ Sneak, and Jay Tripwire, all of whom have seen plenty of success during their careers; the perfect place for Kristin to settle with this latest disco-fied venture. High Ache gets the ball rolling with a euphoric little number, rich in strings and energetic percussion. The track treats us to two nifty breakdowns, affording our producer the opportunity to bring new elements into the track; the piano breaks being our favourite element and one which packs in plenty of one of Kristen‘s strongest production techniques – drawing on nostalgia. This is a classic house track reworked for the modern dancefloor.

Kristin Velvet (Credit: Becca Crawford)

The flip offers No Worries, which screams ‘garage house’ from the rooftops. The playful percussion ushers in a funky-ass disco guitar lick that would see Nile Rogers nodding his head in appreciation – it certainly had me baltering around the Waveform office like some sort of misty-eyed seventies throwback (despite being a child of the eighties). The vocal on the break gives this track a genuine feelgood quality – something that we feel Kristin Velvet is particularly good at doing. It is impossible not to break out into cheek-straining beams whenever you listen to one of her productions and No Worries illustrates such a point perfectly.

You can take a listen to both tracks, below, but as always we suggest you support the artist and label, and buy it if you like it (we double dare you not to love this release). Grab a copy, here.


Author: Ste Knight

Editor at The Waveform Transmitter. Lover of acid basslines, cavernous kick drums, and dark rooms. Cut his teeth to Surgeon's blistering techno assault at T-Funkshun in Liverpool and hasn't stopped for breath since.

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