KOAN SOUND [UK, OWSLA]
"Dynasty EP Tour"
Saturday July 12
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First Release: $25+bf on sale Thursday June 12
KOAN Sound is an electronic music production duo from Bristol, United Kingdom. The duo consists of Will Weeks and Jim Bastow.
It’s strange how the death of one musical group can be exactly the sort of catalyst needed to spawn another. KOAN Sound are certainly a highly gifted example of this phenomenon. It was in 2008 that KOAN Sound emerged from the ashes of several other musical endeavours, fusing passion for electronic music with sheer musical intuition. Since then KOAN Sound have continued to develop, synthesising ever more complex and inspirational patterns. And with influences such as The Prodigy, Amon Tobin and Noisia, it’s not hard to see why KOAN Sound productions are synonymous with dark gripping basslines; elegantly mastered and meticulously executed.
Of the four songs on Koan Sound's new Dynasty EP (premiered below and scheduled to be released by Skrillex's OWSLA label) only the first pair suggest the duo's dubstep origins: On "7th Dimension" blasts of distorted bass shake the track from its tight electro funk, while on the second, "Dynasty," the bass constitutes the groove while plucked Eastern strings provide light ornamentation. "We have an interest in Eastern culture – Japanese culture specifically," they tell Rolling Stone, on the phone from their native U.K., citing the influence of "growing up with computer games and anime."
The EP turns, then, with "Infinite Funk" a track as straight-forward as the title suggests and concludes with "Lost in Thought," which could pass for ambient new age until drums interrupt to guide it back to the dance floor. It's hard to imagine hearing tracks like this in a club, but the group's members claim that they were made for just that purpose. "We jump all over the place in terms of genres and BPMs when we play out," they explain.
Support is nothing but exponential for KOAN Sound. The group’s creative and above all original ethos has granted them well deserved credibility from producers, DJ and music fans alike. These include Aphex Twin, Pendulum, Zane Lowe and Rusko. Armed with a creative diversity second to none, they have set themselves apart from their peers and continue to push music not restrained by tempo or genre, all connected by their trademark ‘KOAN’ sound.