Funckarma vs. Onionboy :: Rusty Kokon EP (Shipwrec)

Funckarma (the Funcken brothers) and Darko Esser’s Onionboy project combine to creatively sinter a four-track compilation and remix EP, (Rusty Kokon) on the Netherland’s Shipwrec label.

Funckarma vs. Onionboy 'Rusty Kokon EP'

Funckarma (the Funcken brothers) and Darko Esser’s Onionboy project combine to creatively sinter a four-track compilation and remix EP, (Rusty Kokon) on the Netherland’s Shipwrec label. Musically, each track is composed or arranged quiet differently in style, facade and genre.

Funckarma’s “Rusty W” builds and unleashes their signature molten wobble-scapes in a dubstep/breakbeat bass-melter. Ever-present is the raw and distorted slurping synth work, gritty metallurgical sound forging, and bouncy bass lows. Vocalized synthesis sets up a bridge submerged in low-end ambience, connecting and maintaining high energy throughout. For the fans, “Rusty W” is complimented with the recognizable Funckarma style stripped and dubbed-out lead. Onionboy’s “Kokon” set forth a melody composed of pristine, crystal clear, far reaching echoes fused with a lullaby type ambience. A change up reveals the tracks stripped down heavy, deep & bouncy bass complimented with funky dubstep percussive progression. The melody wavers in and out with a dreamy, washed out character, which may be described as bright lunar illumination onto dark, cold and crisp textures.

Agreeing with Shipwrec’s description, Onionboy’s “oxidized” rework of “Rusty W” is arranged in a classic 80’s electro structure, creatively interspersing Funckarma’s bleeding synth lines and harmonically rich overdriven stabs as aggressive hooks and breaks. TR style basslines ride central to the track’s dance groove. Maintaining tight sequenced drum programming—the overall fusion works for a creative juxtaposition in periods of modern electronic music, which is very well suited for the dance floor.

Funckarma’s remix of “Kokon” offers a glitched IDM rearrangement; cut, restructured in terms of melody, progression and overall energy. Specifically, the chopped up nature maintains a great melodic character and the withholding or absence of notes, textures and percussion effectively utilizes negative space. Lastly, a good amount of reinterpretation of Onionboy’s sounds were utilized for different sonic affect; sweeps, rises, building of tension and release, as well as breakdowns, working to produce a quite different overall feel to the track. Braindance friendly and recommended!

Rusty Kokon is available on Shipwrec. Buy at Clone.

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