Kage embarks on a rollicking journey on his third appearance on IN / ROTATION arriving in the form of “Godspeed.”
Even though his short-winded bio succinctly describes his project with the cryptic message “rise from the shadows,” the bustling bass house producer known as Kage has been making mad noise via a prolific output that makes you wonder when the man finds time to sleep. For his final release of the year, he’s wrapping up a hectic release schedule in 2020 that saw him nearing the 20-release mark. Two of those turned up on Insomniac’s IN / ROTATION imprint, and now he’s returning to the fold with another slab of ear-pricking basslines.
“Godspeed” is a bombastic slab of low-end, fusing kinetic movement with classical melodies that set sail in his signature bounce. The hero’s journey kicks off with warbling synths spiraling around a prominent kick, angelic choir harmonies, and a spitfire of symphonic strings. Along the way, the tension dials up until reaching critical mass and eventually buckles under the weight of kinetic froggy basslines that hop feverishly between scratchy stabs, woodblock percussive hits, stretched-out one-shots and bubbling bloops. Its action-packed sequences retreat briefly to make room for a dramatic breakdown powered by orchestral melodies fit for the silver screen. Before long, you’re hurled straight into the final leg of the rollicking excursion.
“‘Godspeed’ is an orchestral and melodic bass house track while keeping an underground feel to it,” says Kage. “The title alludes to a prosperous journey, something I wish to everyone in 2021.”
Kage first surfaced on the label at the very start of 2020, pooling his talents with Milan’s understated talent Back2Black on the revved-up collab “So Dope.” He checked back in at the halfway point to apprehend the house community once again by way of the slippery single “Suspect” back in May. Saying he’s been enjoying a breakout would be a criminal understatement, after securing solid signings with a whole host of camps including Monstercat, STMPD, Confession, noir sur blanc, Gold Digger and many more. His releases have gotten rinsed by loads of heavyweights, as well, garnering support from Martin Garrix, Tchami, Oliver Heldens, Malaa, Porter Robinson and the list continues to grow. If there’s one takeaway from “Godspeed” it’s that Kage is in on the path of a long and extremely prosperous journey that has only just begun.