Alike Places – Room EP (Well Gedacht) 03/03/17
PR News: KOROstyle – Project KOROkat (Section8 Records)
The 5th dimensional entity that is KOROstyle has returned to our realm to share his mind-bending debut album, ‘Project: KOROkat,’ due out next spring on Section 8.
In the two years since his last solo release, KORO’s sound has matured and expanded significantly with a vast array of international influences permeating his 140 BPM workouts. Having spent time travelling between Paris, Shanghai, Bristol and the US, ‘Project: KOROkat’ displays a melting pot of inspirations; jumping from songs like ‘Doused’ and ‘Day & Night,’ with definite chiptune references, to the eski clicks and grime pulses of his VIP of ‘Output 1 2,’ a previous collaboration with Gutcha.
New collaborations with Dev79 and Sunyata subtly flirt with breaks that wouldn’t sound out of place in aJersey/Baltimore club release whilst tracks like ‘Signals’ and ‘BLU’ are more readily relatable to the Bristolian sound produced by labels like Bandulu.
Despite the mish-mash of influences and samples, KOROstyle’s uncanny cinematic approach to production makes for an extremely cohesive album of vibrant and colourful dubstep not dissimilar to early Joker or Rustie releases. Whether it’s glacial, sino-grime sounds or weighty sub-bass tones, KOROstyle’s ear for making killer synths knows no bounds and heightens the dynamics between his ethereal build-ups and guttural drops throughout ‘Project: KOROkat.’ Much like KOROstyle’s inspiration, the mix of producers on remix duties is truly global and spans four continents.
Shanghai’s Swimful reboots ‘Signals’ with some staccato percussion hits and brooding squarewaves, Bristol’sOH91 takes ‘BLU’ in a drill/trap direction, New Zealand duo Sick Cycle mutilate the title track into a frenetic d’n’b belter whilst Detroit’s sinistarr takes previous single ‘Aerokin’ to new heady heights by mixing dubstep drum patterns with slowed jungle breaks.
KOROstyle has mentioned that his main goal ‘is to alter people’s minds and bodies through sound’ and this release definitely succeeds in that respect. Not only are all of these productions bound to get some limbs moving in the club, ‘Project: KOROkat’ defies all expectations of what we think of as ‘dubstep music’ in the best way possible.
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1. Denham Audio – Leighton Buzzin’ EP (Artifice)
Artifice are about to make their first foray into the world of wax; kicking things off with some slowed jungle rollers courtesy of Sheffield powerhouse, Denham Audio. The trio’s previous vinyl release, their near-legendary edit of ‘Footcrab’ by Addison Groove, has been ripping dancefloors a new one for months now. Tracks from ‘Leighton Buzzin’’ are sure to follow in this tradition with the Denham boys doing what they do best: weighty low-end rumbles, deconstructed breakbeats and mind-bending breakdowns. The release also features remixes by Techtonic/Kaizen’s Walton, Swedish techno badman Rivet and Pitch Rider Records signee, Corticyte.
02. Lorenzo BITW – Goo (ft. Kwam) (BITW)
Italian upstart Lorenzo BITW has been making moves this past year; churning out quality edits (his remix of Novelist being a standout), collaborating with friend of Pitch Rider, TSVI and absolutely killing it on Rinse FM. Not one for resting on his laurels, he’s now gone and crafted what could easily be tune of the year with ‘Goo,’ the debut release of his BITW imprint. The track’s densely compressed kick drum and pitched percussion work brilliantly alongside Kwam’s vocal delivery, which you could definitely describe as ‘Trim-esque’. This collaboration has been turning a LOT of heads this spring; with support coming from Toddla T, Murlo and Monki from the get go. Every year I pray that Donae’o will mobilize the UK Funky revival he’s often threatened to but maybe I’ve been backing the wrong guy this whole time!
03. Inside the Ride vol. 1 (Pitch Rider)
It’s our fourth birthday this March and to celebrate we’re kicking off our very own label! ‘Inside The Ride’ is a 10-track compilation representing the diverse range of sounds we’ve been championing since our inception. #PITRIDVA001 is a sort of mission statement for Pitch Rider Records; a mix of UK bass, techno, grime, experimental and weirdo club tunes which make for an eclectic label that resists being pigeonholed to one genre. We’re holding our cards pretty close to our chest right now but we’ll give you one clue for getting this far down the blog post! About half the acts on the compilation either have been confirmed or are in the process of being confirmed for a solo release on Pitch Rider Records. Keep an eye out for updates here and on social media.
04. DJ DVD RIP – Multi Million Dollar Lawsuit (prjkts)
The Phantom’s Revenge offered up his first release for his new DJ DVD RIP alias this January via Bristol’s lover of all things weird and club-worthy, prjkts. Having teased followers with a few soundcloud clips and his cracking ‘Super Saiyan DJ Tool,’ released via Monstart, it was about time that he finally set some tracks free into the public sphere. This EP deftly showcases RIP’s innovative sound, blending ghetto-house, jersey club and that hard to pin down post-Club Constructions aesthetic. His frenetic deployment of gritty samples and clattering drum sounds has resulted in three absolute heaters we can’t get enough of. Betapack’s Broken Haze strips the elements of ‘Steathbuild’ apart from each other, rebuilding a sometimes sparser but just as effective club track. Oh, and it’s got some sort of auto-tuned flute thrown in for good measure too.
05. Alike Places – Room EP (Well Gedacht)
Alike Places are made up of long-distance musical pen-pals Levni and Lara Di Lara, who have been collaborating for almost eight years now. Despite one half of the band living in Austria and the other living in Turkey, Di Lara’s vocal delivery complement Levni’s ‘boom-bap-on-acid’ production style like they’ve been living in a studio together forever. Littered with lethargic drum patters, a few solos from some wind instruments and Lara Di Lara’s syrupy sweet vocals, this is a must-buy record for fans of Banks, Little Dragon or Baths. Despite the broad instrumentation and musical references on display here, the duo have superbly joined up the dots between indie R&B, glitchy IDM and hip-hop in this cohesive and richly-textured 6-track offering.