Artist: Ken Hayakawa
Title: Kaisermantel EP
Release: February 25th 2022
Cat. No.: STRD022
02. Hollow Ghost
03. Hollow Ghost (APNOEA Remix)
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Ken Hayakawa returns to Stripped Down with the ‘Kaisermantel’ EP, delivering an atmospheric two tracker accompanied by a remix from German duo Apnoea.
Vienna scene staple Ken Hayakawa boasts releases on labels such as Sch nbrunner Perlen, International Deejay Gigolos and Upon You Records. He first arrived on Stripped Down in 2018 with the ‘Sonic Waves’ EP and has since become a recurring contributor to the label, ‘Kaisermantel’ marking his third project signed to the respected Frankfurt imprint.
The title track opens up with catchy, spacey synth lines arpeggiating with increasing intensity over clean, minimal drums. While ‘Kaisermantel’ takes you to the far corners of the galaxy, ‘Hollow Ghost’ takes a different approach and ventures into the furthest depths of the earth. Its dark, cavernous drums are backed by shimmering pads and give a grand sense of scale.
Apnoea follow up their ‘Phnk’ EP on Stripped Down with a remix of Ken’s ‘Hollow Ghost’, once again proving that they are a pair to keep a close eye on in 2022. Their version adds suspense and mystery with a hypnotic new synthline weaving in and out of the reworked bass and strings.
‘Kaisermantel’ is an epic journey through Melodic House & Techno composed by one of Austria's most skilled producers.