From chill out to heavy-hitting dubstep, Deadmau5’s Mau5trap Recordings have never been a predictable asset to the globe’s forward thinking club assets. But while 2012 has spelt nothing but promise for diverse club music, the full-bloomed summer season sees the record imprint of Joel Zimmerman drop their new EP “We Are Friends” in a bid to enrich the industry with one of the more fluid and multifarious EP’s to have touched Electronic music this year.
But a sound scope ranging from the soothing stylings of Buddygirrl’s ‘Fly’ and Born Freak’s ‘Cocktail Bar’ right through to headlining Tom Staar original ‘Home’ and the glitchy stylings of Kairo Kingdom, Mau5trap’s wholehearted take on the full spectrum of Electronic music within the EP indicates that among the times of industrious evolution and mainstream accumulation, Electronic music with creative soul still exists amid the Dance explosion.
Fresh on the scene for 2012, the mysterious German duo known only as Kairo Kingdom have certainly mixed things up for a scene drenched in predictable club stylings. But where their recent EP for Lazy Rich’s Big Fish Recordings made yet more promising noise for the Frankfurt genre-benders, their latest outing for Spinnin offshoot Work Records adds positive light to their music over matter approach.
Brushed with distressed vocal samples and a distinct set of grinding chord progressions, ‘Come Closer’ sits somewhere between the realms of Indie Pop and Electro House House with little sign of resting too heavily upon the prior’s hallmarks. While it’s apex may fall on the heavyset grinding and melodic manipulation, Kairo Kingdom ditch the tedium to don a whacky yet substantially persuasive outing that is sure to take their mysterious grandeur to a new high.
Words by Dan Carter