Kohib & Kahuun – Kohib & Kahuun

Kahuun‘s Superduplex climbs to its peak steadily, teasing its audience with a square wave bass stab every so often as percussive parts amalgamate with the racy synth sequence forging ahead toward some unknown destination. It all comes to its peak when the beat kicks in at the 3’50” mark. The extended introduction doesn’t conclude in a huge crescendo, but rather an inconspicuous beat joining the fray without much fuss, like it had always been there. It speaks volumes of the quirky Norwegian relationship with electronic music. Kahuun takes a light hearted approach to Techno with a blend of disco-tech percussive parts and a retro sonic palette coming together in something contemporary. It’s a sentiment fellow Norwegian Kohib carries through to his remix, with the effects of his efforts being more immediate, but keeping the key themes in their place. The EP finds the two artists go back to back, with two original tracks and a remix of each by its opposing number for Beatservice records.

Kohib’s Dynamo Rex ventures into similar sonic palettes, with a harsh metallic synthesiser running a busy 16 step sequence before the melody warms up the atmosphere with a hearty full range Rhodes piano, biting chunks out of the speakers with an invigorating hook. A hefty percussion section keeps the focus on the dance floor with a sharp 909 kick which ends in the Blue Monday rhythm – the quirky Norwegian dance personality shining through again. Kahuun’s remix of the same track takes some of the aggression out of the track in its extended form with the catchy melodic hook taking some deserved rest, letting some of the sparkling sequences shine through in his disco-infused version. Kohib and Kahuun infect their dancefloor fillers with a vested interest in fun from a professional perspective, where it’s all about setting a mood for a party on this Beatservice release. They take much of the serious intent out of Techno and bring a bit of light to the gloomy corners of the genre’s warehouse basement, daring to ask the question, “why so sad.”