Opting for a move occasionally accused as unnecessary for club-centric artists, Kornel Kovac's decision to release a debut album highlighted that he was keen to showcase his ability as a musician, and not just a producer. By displaying a rare combination of maximalist yet palatable house through his early releases, he had gained his niche prior to The Bells with a sense of boyishness and light heartedness - attributes that may suggest lack of depth. What we received however was far from gimmicky, and managed to refine his breezy take on pop music into a variety of different sounds. Contrasting from atmospheric floaters, to crunchy 4x4 stompers, to enticingly sporadic rhythms – Kovacs covers all bases, doing so without losing his quirk at any point throughout. For many producers who often hide behind a sense of anonymity, creating a signature imprint may sound uncomfortably familiar to selling a brand. Kovacs doesn't seem too worried about this however, and is thriving within the slot he has created for himself – balancing somewhere between the ridiculous and the reverent, with the execution worthy of an LP.
Words: Julian Caldwell