Steand & Andy Kulter: It’s okay (EP) – 2021

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Steand & Andy Kulter: It’s okay (EP) – Purified Records – 2021

Genre: Electronica, Deep House

Already with the debut “By My Side” for Nora En Pure’s Purified Records, which was released at the end of November 2020, the German-Czech creative duo Steand & Andy Kulter could impress the audience all along the line.

The EP “It’s Okay”
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The successful Kaiserlautern-Prague-Connection now follows up and presents the 4-Track-EP “It’s Okay” with the two tracks “It’s Okay” and “Capri”, each as original and extended mix, again on Purified Records.

The pulsatingly pumping title track “It’s Okay” is a true banger and builds tension skillfully over its entire 7-minute running time, especially in the extended mix. A low-lying, walloping bass line drives the track forward again and again and is reinforced by erratic, short synth attacks in the mid-frequency range, while sporadic electronic strings are leading back to the typical catchy Purified feel-good zone.

In best Purified manner, the track “Capri” takes us on an easygoing rhythmic short trip to the enchanting vacation island of Capri and awakens – so mean – a deep longing for holidays in the sun, at the beach and under the blue sky.

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Steand & Andy Kulter – It’s okay EP

The repetitive tempo changes from the danceable, straightforwardly arranged passages to quieter acoustic segments evoke associations with the famous wide-ranging views from the heights of the island over the wide, tranquil sea.

This impressive 4-track EP is absolutely brilliant, the track “Capri” awakens the longing for a wonderful island vacation, which then perhaps culminates in an open-air event on the beach with Nora En Pure, Banaati and of course Steand & Andy Kulter.
That would be the ultimate event of the year – huh? Is it?

Sound quality:

This 4-track EP is unfortunately only available in 16 bit /44.1 kHz. Nevertheless, the part sounds quite good with rich bass and natural midrange, only the treble range comes across a bit too sharp – almost typical for Purified Records.

Facts about Steand & Andy Kulter – It’s Okay EP:

Artist: Steand & Andy Kulter
Album: t’s Okay EP
Label: Purified Records
Release Date: 19 February 2021
Electronic – 4 Tracks – 20m 39s

Where to buy

Available on Qobuz in

16-Bit CD Quality
44.1 kHz – Stereo

My test equipment:

Studio 1:

  • 2 x System Audio SA mantra 50 (front)
  • 1x System Audio SA Mantra 10 AV (center)
  • 2x System Audio SA Legend 5 (rear)
  • 4 x Onkyo SKH-410 (B) (Dolby Atmos)
  • Auralic Altair (Audio Streaming Client)
  • NVIDIA Shield Pro with Plex, Kodi, Tidal (streaming client)
  • Yamaha CX-A5100 (Preamp)
  • Yamaha MX-A5000 (Power Amp)

Studio 2:

  • Speaker: 2 x KEF LS-50 Wireless II Active
  • DAC: Cambridge DAC Magic Plus
  • Headphone amplifier / preamplifier: Auralic Taurus
  • In-ear headphones: Shure SE846 with ALO MMCX Audio Reference 8 cable
  • OverEar headphones: Audeze EL-8
  • Headphones OverEar: BeyerDymamic DT 880 S (Studio)
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