Kalbata - Oh Gosh / 12"
Kalbata, real name Ariel Tagar, is a bass music pioneer based in Tel Aviv. Regardless of genre, his distinct musical approach comes through in everything he does - a deep affection for the lowest of frequencies and a collection of vintage effects and instruments which guarantee his razor-sharp beats will always have a warm, analog feel, floating in a pool of endless ripples and echoes. With a series of high profile remixes for Spank Rock, Ben Mono, Sunship, Roll Deep & Fat Freddy's Drop & a recent feature on Slices magazine, Kalbata's dark-star is definitely on the rise.
Oh Gosh, the latest release from Kalbata, comes hot on the heels of his recent dubstep banger, the Ninja We Ninja white label, championed by heavyweight DJs such as Toddla T, TRG, RSD & N-Type (who included it in his Rinse:09 mix-CD), and his two 12s on Soul Jazz.
Bass lovers better pay attention, as the 4th release on Tel-Aviv's young Botanika label is one hell of a double smasher. On the A-side, Oh Gosh is an instant classic, dripping late night soul sentiments into the 2-step-garage/dubstep continuum, backed by a mean bassline rumbling beneath it. The short vocal samples come courtesy of Tel-Aviv's pop-tastic songstress Onili. Karl Butter on the B-side is a dubstep/breaks affair, fusing 8-bit analog bleeps with bouncy beats and killer breakdowns into total dancefloor mayhem, which cannot be fully appreciated until heard on a large soundsystem.