Willamette Dubs, the debut double-album by one Lamont Kohner, who
might or might not also be Patrick Benolkin, wearer of such clothes as
Electricwest and Eluder, has arrived in a 2CD set format at WR.
Containing five original cuts and five remixes that run the gamut from
hard-edged dark dub techno to minimal electronics and more textural
ambient explorations, Kohner makes a bold first impression that is at
once unique and traditional. As the title of these works might indicate,
Kohner's sound owes a lot to the elements, bearing a lurching rhythmic
low end and detailed atmospherics that wash over the sparse chords
they surround - there is something very strong here that resembles an
unspoken identity, almost as if Lamont himself is a ghost, cursed to
forever haunt the bottom of the Willamette River in Portland. The
remix personnel for the second half of the album are Germany's minimal techno recluse Ndru, the Dutch electronics mastermind Ohrwert, Denver's woodsy ambient techno spirit Grey Deer, Philadelphia's lurking analog mutator Morris Arch Nightwork and South Carolina's bedroom obsessive Coppice Halifax. In addition to submitting a remix, Brian Grainger also mastered the entire album and curated all five remixes. Willamette Dubs is a fantastic display of hi-fi electronics and a worthy point of interest for anyone of the dub techno or ambient persuasion.
released November 16, 2012
Produced by Patrick Benolkin, Jan/Feb 2012 in Portland, Oregon. Photography and design by Eric Adrian Lee. Remixes curated and mastered by Brian Grainger. © MMXII Wil-Ru Records, all rights reserved.
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