The prolific teen producer, who also presents a show on Hong Kong Community Radio, has already dropped seven EPs since starting in middle school (Kelvin is now 19 years old) and makes the kind of thumping, existential dread for the dance floor that its Sedative title does not imply. This EP is the opposite of calm, instead taking its lead from other equally convulsive inspirations like Fatima Al Qadiri, Sega Bodega, and SOPHIE. Minimal beats belie a particular attention to sonic textures, where a braying organ leads opening track ‘Spilled Fiji’ sideways, while ‘Sea’ journeys through particularly dark and murky depths.
Also featuring a remix by Melbourne-based producer Wa?ste — who shares another label with Kelvin via Shanghai’s Genome 6.66 Mbp — Sedative is a first release by the Hong Kong club night/ net radio/ blog series-come-label Absurd Trax. Along with Kelvin T, the collective is made up members T0C1S, ASJ, Fotanlaiki, Anna Chim and Tsalal a.k.a. Against Architecture, who’ll be launching the record with special guest Organ Tapes at xxx tonight.**