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Image: 1616974 Having released music under various aliases over the last decade – most famously as Renegades Of Jazz, as well as recent incarnation Dem Juju Poets and his Latin outfit Mankoora – celebrated producer and DJ, David Hanke, has gone back to his blissful electronic roots with his latest project, Keno.

Tracklisting 2LP:
A1. Around The Corner
A2. Merrythought
A3. Elwood
B1. What Remains
B2. Spines and Rays
B3. Flingair
C1. All Else By Far
C2. Soulongago
C3. Kingsley
D1. Where The River’s High
D2. The Accolade
D3. Shadowlights

Having released music under various aliases over the last decade – most famously as Renegades Of Jazz, as well as recent incarnation Dem Juju Poets and his Latin outfit Mankoora – celebrated producer and DJ, David Hanke, has gone back to his blissful electronic roots with his latest project, Keno. Hanke's love for the early 21st Century downtempo music, as is apparent when you listen to this, his debut under the Keno moniker, entitled “Around The Corne”. It’s far from simply early ‘noughties’ nostalgia though, as his keen contemporary ear adds a modern touch to the proceedings.
Shuffling beats combine with lush guitars on the opening title track to life affirming effect. Elsewhere, “Merrythought” continues the theme of the album opener, this time indulging in sweeping string arrangements and sprightly keys. Other highlights include the beautiful “What Remains” with its soulful vocal snippets and building, jazz influenced piano refrain.
“All Else By Far” is another standout moment, where the drums take center stage, giving the cut more of an instrumental hip-hop aesthetic, whereas “Kingsley” has a more mysterious charm, interweaving spoken word samples and keyboard stabs whilst still keeping the sound of the drum to the fore. The haunting “Elwood” sets the scene with ominous strings before eerie guitars make way for some bold brass stabs and once again we return to those spooky strings that are the centerpiece of this atmospheric cut. “Spines and Rays”, in contrast, has something of a more urgent, driving feel as lumbering basslines battle with vigorous percussion and driving drums. Album closer, “Shadowlights”, though is simply a thing of beauty and serenity – the perfect climax to an album that might just be your soundtrack to many years to come. You just never know what’s lurking around the corner…

Text by Dom Servini Available from 26.01.2018
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