Keluar (2014) successfully straddles a special place somewhere between Synth Wave, Cold Wave, 80s Goth, Witch House and retro EBM in way that I’ve heard very few other modern bands pull off. The Berlin based duo Zoè Zanias and Sid Lamar maintain a very focused and raw signature sound through the use of sticking to their choice synthesizers and drum programming, which seems to be a struggle with most modern electronic musicians at the moment. The resistance to incorporate every cool synth, virtual instrument plugin and effect on the market is an important one and this is an album that is exemplary of that point for me personally. They stick to their weapons of choice through the entire album and it really pays off. Check out the album from start to finish, but if nothing else pay close attention to the opening track “Cleo”, “Eremus” which would work well sliding it in to a stompy Industrial dancefloor set, (Hmm.. maybe we’ll do a special edit of it..), the downtempo approach of “Threads”, the Grimes-like instrumentation of “Coralline” and the bonus remixes at the end of the album. From start to finish, I really like the flow of energy. If you like them, be sure to also familiarize yourself with Figure Study and Linea Aspera included below in the bonus tracks.
In bonus because if you made it this far, you deserve for me to tell you a secret from my record crate. A year after their self titled album, Keluar released the 2015 Panguna EP (which is incredible), that featured a remix by one of my all time favorite producers: The Hacker. Check the remix he did of Keluar’s “Panguna” featured below.