What amazes me about “The Konglomerate” EP is how each track seems to be a well-constructed, unique, escapade into its own realm, guided by someone who was clearly passionate and determined to squeeze excellence out of it, to push the concept to its perfect realization, without any kind of regard for how it might be received, or how it fits with others. Listening to this I have the feeling that Konglo has given us tickets to ride on high-quality trips to utterly different destinations.
The spectrum of moods in this EP, range from relaxing, breathing, and meditative dreamlike states to highly emotional symphonies, abstract Jungle sounds and drumming as well as uplifting world music beats.
“The Konglomerate” is a recording which has everything – mellow, floaty grooves, such as “MeditateOnThis”, banging up-tempo beats such as “Aviary1”, or more aggressive soundscapes like “Instrospection” and emotional, powerful bass-driven pieces such as “Drumcircle”.
Fans of any musical genre should find at least one track to suit them, including twisting exotic rhythms like “Aspire”. This record goes wide and deep, when many producers are fiddling with the mathematical markers in their music, Konglo handles the painterly aspects of his sound like a master. There is a sense here of limitless creativity, squeezed into the music.
Konglo’s music can be hard, extended, relentless – but also delicious, visionary, and full of color and nuance. There is a dry titanium feel about his production, but at the same time the music is something soft you can sink into. There are sounds that represent music catapulted beyond the sugary blandness of contemporary ambient sounds into a creative, elegant future where artists can survive through intelligence.
Konglo creates a whole gamut of sounds, dirty or otherwise rhythmic, and arranges them in terrific order, and despite a lack of emphasis on dominant melodies, he seems to have attained a great sense of listen-ability and originality at the same time.
This is not a perfect album, but a fantastic one. You’ll want to sit down with headphones and really listen for Konglo’s rhythmic constructions. On top of its structural brilliance, there are real harmonic ideas which develop nicely.
Konglo is amazing at combining sounds and beats that would normally never be found together and making them seem like they were never meant to be apart. This guy can be really inspiring at times. Konglo makes music that conjures up images in the mind, can even make you groove, and be emotional on the side.
This music is so dense and made that it only deserves to be played on some of the best kinds of speakers…loudly. Those damn bass heavy headphones that badly wash out treble really can’t do “The Konglomerate” justice!