- Kassem Mosse is a bit of a shapeshifter in terms of genre, but if there's a hallmark to his work, it's an elusiveness. Much of it sounds like he's making it all behind a screen, with only a silhouette to show that somebody is indeed there. His two releases on Workshop so far both sit at the more stripped down, shrouded end of his discography and have arrived to giddy praise. So what of Workshop 12? Unsurprisingly, it's more of the same.
Despite the rich pads on the B1 and B2, there's a vacant, lost feel throughout. Raw drum machines march around grey landscapes, the pads are simply the fog that envelops. They're restrained but not especially slow—like the B1 from Workshop 8—all being at a laid back 120 or so BPM and ideal for early night sets. The air of surrealism sets it apart from the usual easy listening style associated with this description.
The odd vocal clip on the A1 a female voice just beyond decipherability repeats throughout, gives the track an unnerving alteration of presence and distance. It, and the deeper B1, are underpinned by four-four, whereas B2 is more in charred dubstep territory, along the lines of Kangding Ray's Pruitt-Igoe last year. Think the start of an uncanny journey, rather than a calm one.