We are very pleased to announce that Kevin Martin, Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi, better know as King Midas Sound, will be taking over the editorial reigns of Electronic Beats on November 2nd. Yup, you read that right. All of the reviews features and news stories you read on the days will have been created by the band.
King Midas Sound are more than just a band. They are three multi-disciplined artists who’s expertise and interest ranges far beyond the poetry, writing, music production and singing that they bring together as KMS. With a punk attitude and a healthy disregard for convention, they are one of the most dynamic and interesting musical entities connected to the current vogue for bass. Mirroring the moment and yet transcending the contemporary, their message, their music and attitude is as real as it gets.
More information about the take over on the coming weeks, but in the mean time, why not familiarize yourself with the world of King Midas Sound sound by taking a look at their rather entertaining blog.
Coming out as self-released white label earlier this year, ‘Luv Luv’ is an exercise is broken digital soul and pulsating melancholy that snaps around your head before making it’s way down to your feet. With the release of his next E.P – Love You Up coming on PMR at the end of this month, Two Inch Punch has made ‘Luv Luv’ available as a free download. We suggest you get on it quick.
Jamie xx and visual artist Quayola recently brought their new audio visual project to the Classic Car Club Shoreditch in East London. Utilising two massive 15-metre screens the visuals were created using Quayola’s unique Partitura software. You can watch below Quayola’s interpretation of the new Jamie xx’s song ‘Progress’ an instrumental which he created for RizLab and was performed on the night. More information on the project here.
Little is known of this ominously-named trio, though I hear they like to work into the dead of night and are fond of bedroom beats. They have been working double time recently to produce finer remixes and more original tracks, their production is now more pristine than it’s ever been. They are currently signed to Modeselektor’s 50Weapons, which suits them as it exists to promote club, rather than radio music and has a healthy range of EPs and single releases from the likes of Cosmin TRG, eLAN and Falty DL.
In the past, the trio have worked with Black Acre, Ninja Tune and Pictures Music giving them a strong, yet experimental base, which has assisted their versatile sound. This year they have been picked-up by Gilles Peterson to do a Worldwide mix, they have released their 140 BPM ‘lunatic funk’ version of Nelly Furtado‘s Promiscuous Gyal on vinyl and in July they released the Radius EP on 50Weapons. This is in amongst their many other accolades, including their regular slot on NTS Radio, London and their most recent remix of Bombay Bicycle Club – turning a moderate track into an dreamy, hazy edit.
Electronic Beats caught-up with Dark Sky‘s Carlo, Matt and Tom to see what they made of all this excitement!
So, where are you lot from?
We’re mainly from south London, Carlo was taken to the countryside when he was young but he’s originally from Croydon.
How did you get together?
Tom: Matt and I went to school together and then I met Carlo studying at Alchemea. In 2007, Matt and I started Boogaloo Crew to get recognised under a name and to play regular nights. Then we started producing as Dark Sky, it started as a separate venture: me, Matt and Carlo but we soon found it became the main thing. We had tunes on MySpace and Fantastic Mr Fox found our material and liked it, he passed us onto Black Acre and in 2009 we released our first track, Something to Lose.
How did you find your way to 50Weapons?
Tom: SBTRKT! He had done a tour with Modeselektor and he passed our stuff onto Gernot and Sebastian.
Carlo: We had plans to do a split 12” with SBTRKT but he got busy with his album and so we had the Radius EP to work on.
Matt: We would still be interesting in doing something with him.
Who else would you like to work with?
Carlo: Yukimi from Little Dragon, I think she has a fantastic voice.
Tom: Caribou. Thom Yorke, he’s on Monkeytown.
How would you describe your sound?
All: So diverse
Tom: The 50Weapons EP is more club orientated than our previous work
Matt: I suppose the name Radius explains it, it incorporates many different angles bringing different sounds together.
Carlo: Bass music
Tom: A BPM’s a better reflection. We produce anywhere from 120 to 140 BPM.
Did you always want to do this?
Carlo: I did some work experience in a recording studio and from then I was pretty much hooked.
Tom: It was a natural progression from Boogaloo Crew, production was part of my course as well!
Matt: As a child I did wonder how electronic sounds were made and as I got older I began to play with things like Fruity Loops.
It’s never been easier to make music, has it?
Matt: It’s harder to stand out in the crowd. We’ve been at this for five years!
Carlo: It’s a good thing – more people to bounce sounds off. You no longer need to have a studio, anyone can make music!
Tom: I think the quality is better and you can be more creative.
What’s your next creative venture?
We are working on another EP, to be released maybe later this year or perhaps early next year. So far, we have only released once with each label, so this will be a nice follow-on with Black Acre. We are going to start work on our live shows soon.
Are you looking to work with other labels?
We like the identities of other labels on the scene.
Hessle Audio, Hyperdub, Hemlock and beyond.
If they’re reading…
And finally, what album should we all listen to before we die?
Tom: Ma Fleur by Cinematic Orchestra.
Carlo: Such a tough choice. Let me check my phone!
Matt: Hmmm. Prodigy, Jimi Hendrix. Prodigy, The Experience!
Carlo: I was going to pick Prodigy but I’m gonna go with Massive Attack, Mezzaine
Thanks for your time – good luck with things!
Berlin based Robot Koch – machines man in Jahcoozi and all round Jedi beat master is going to release his third full length album in November. Called the Other Side, on first impressions the album seems to be inflected with cinematic flourishes, dank atmospheres and twitchy, nervous rhythms that still have the fibres of pop buried their digital sinew. Look out for more news and our review soon. In the meantime, enjoy this…