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The ara imprint is a cool new venture from David Leteiller (kangding ray). Rather than pressing up their records en-masse, ara intend to put great care into each individual product. Releases will come with manually-applied artwork - everything from paint to tape to ink will be used - and as such no two copies of an ara edition will be the same.

To get ara rolling we see Leteiller come through with a new kangding ray EP. The tracks that make up Predawn Qualia have been crafted with a passion and eye for detail that matches the cover artwork. These are techno tunes that marry precision-engineered kick drums with shapeshifting synth patterns and wistful atmospherics.

The beats of ‘Stone Sober Brushstrokes’ tunnel through the mix in a manner pitched somewhere between Rian Treanor and Paula Temple. ‘Orcan Tears’ teeters on a humming one-note synth bassline that nods to EBM while shying away from the aggression of that sound. Sombre synths undulate over ‘Predawn Qualia’, a track that is likely to cause some serious introspection on the dancefloor. Some resolution is found in the ambient closer ‘Trade On Azul’, though the breaking-dawn synth work here still has a note of hesitation to it.

The first release from the new ara label sets out the stall for what is a real labour of love on kangding ray’s part.

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  1. 1 Predawn Qualia 8:04 kangding ray Buy
  2. 2 Stone Sober Brushstrokes 5:01 kangding ray Buy
  3. 3 Orcan Tears 8:17 kangding ray Buy
  4. 4 Trade On Azul 4:22 kangding ray Buy

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