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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.