For a festival of Dimensions’ immense musical breadth, setting up a label can be as testing as it is exhilarating. Their inaugural three releases faced this challenge head on as a three-part Introduction covering every part of their palette: US deep house from Byron The Aquarius and DJ Aakmael, soulful jazz from James Tillman, sounds of Africa from Mim Suleiman and Alma Negra, dub techno from Upwellings and analogue jams from London Modular Alliance.
Subsequent releases look to be honing in on specific sounds, with London Modular taking 004 and the latest coming from Kerem Akdag, following his contribution on the Introduction with ‘Getdownsoclose’. Kerem is an Istanbul songwriter and beatmaker whose first foray into electronic music came off the back of winning a local music competition at 18. His first release came on Apparel Music in 2013, followed by Petra in 2015 and Darker Than Wax a year later, all leading up to this debut album with Dimensions Recordings. The eight tracks on Kerem Akdag LP slide through broken beats, downtempo grooves, live drums, jazz inflections with a maturity of arrangement that sounds as much like a band as a one-man composing machine. Fan’s of Anderson .Paak’s Free Nationals will take a lot of pleasure in album finisher, ‘Drums Please’ but it’s the opener that caught us most, with its smooth vocal bursts, clip-clop percussion and fluttering synth melodies.