Nationally adored Australian dance music producer Cassettes For Kids (Zak Degenhardt) has delivered his most thorough body of work to date, with his EP Turpins Falls via Gallery Recs.
Turpins Falls is a vast array of moods that ebbs and flows in energy, texture, power and emotion, wrapped in an archetypal, Cassettes For Kids glaze of hardware driven house music. Every track has its own unique deeply human feel and bounce, as evocative synths, swinging bass lines and driving, varied percussion layers fall effortlessly together, giving audiences an intimate insight into the mind of one of Australia’s most talented and prolific producers.
It opens with the magical, undisputed and tested dance inducing Heard This Calling, which subverts the often overthought, overproduced, over handled, overcorrected, and over-digitalized contemporary trend in electronic dance music. Then follows I Was So, the atmospheric peak of the record. A track that boasts production prowess and confidence, it sees Zak lean heavily into groove and swing heavy house music for the first time. As I Was So closes with unadulterated bounce, its bellowing partner in crime enters the mix, Losing Balance. Leaning heavier into the proggier side of dance music the track is minimal and efficient in its purpose, one that balances a rampant bass line with intricately tapped and curated melodic elements.
Turpins Falls final stanza is one that transitions the energy fuelled trio of bangers the lead the project to deep sentimental and emotive territory. Tranquil evokes the nostalgic elements we’ve all come to know and love from the power of a dance floor, with its late landing bounce providing a deeply human feel. It’s title track, Turpins Falls was written while reflecting on a deeply intimate personal moment, the universal feeling of being blown away by context and the environment's intrinsic relationship to infatuation and love. As Zak reflected on the environmental awe of Turpins Falls in Kyneton, Victoria Turpins Falls featuring Nyla Hunter was born.