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Premiere: Kohra pushes 'Grounding' through effervescent breaks

The Qilla Records label boss channels his dark antics on Kiss Nuka's 'Serpentine Remixed' EP

  • Arun Ramanathan
  • 12 June 2023
Premiere: Kohra pushes 'Grounding' through effervescent breaks

Recently showcasing her artistic prowess on Mixmag Asia Radio, Kiss Nuka is back on the music radar with freshly baked sonic bites that make up a specially curated remix package for her debut EP, ‘Serpentine’.

Today’s Premiere highlights Kohra’s remix of ‘Grounding’; playing on his typically dark antics, the Qilla Records head honcho finds a way to meld effervescent moments while keeping things wildly ambiguous.

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Opting for breakbeat aesthetics, Kohra’s remix of ‘Grounding’ builds quickly with intention to connect those feet on the ground to the speckles of psychedelic dust in the air above and around.

Modestly broody synths sweep around undulating psychedelic mid-riffs, while a shuffled breakbeat rolls slickly through sticky-sounding effects and floating specks of sounds.

Have a listen below.

Kohra’s rendition of ‘Grounding’ complements the wild spectrum of the entire remix EP, which includes works from the reverent Coldcut, Indian electronica artist Dualist Inquiry, Dotdat, Krunk Kulture honcho EZ Riser, metal-electro-musician Rākhis, Oceantied, Berghain resident Nathalie Seres and FILM.

In addition to his work with Qilla, Kohra's productions have appeared on labels like Sol Selectas, Traum, Endangered, Parquet, Steyoyoke and he himself has been invited to perform at festivals like DGTL, Awakenings, ADE, EDC, Far Out and Magnetic Fields.

Despite how it’s rampantly paced, our feeling is that Kohra’s touch could have extended this remix for a couple more dubious minutes beyond 5.11, which might favour loop-addicted hedonists, like yours truly. Beyond that, the cohesion between groove and sound on his remix for 'Grounding' speaks volumes of his tenacity across the electronic spectrum.

Pre-save Kiss Nuka 'Serpentine Remixed' EP here.

Arun Ramanathan is Mixmag Asia’s Director. Follow him on Instagram.


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