Brilliant label debut from London-based synth-pop duo, Echoes, gets remixed and remodelled by Capracara, James Trystan, Boderline Jack and WLD.
When I used to see the Kitsuné mark on a release it was a reason to check it out with a high level of anticipation, but for quite a while now their output seems to have lost focus. "Real" sounds like some bad Brit-school attempt at the kind of pop-dance crossover drivel that takes up the majority of Radio One airtime. Part Coldplay, part 'the Voice', it isn't one to be remembered as a landmark release for the label.
A result of a collaboration between Brit Lewis Bergen and North American electronic producer Taperecorder, the tracks came about by the now-common international file sharing creative process. 'Hoi Polloi' comes in two flavours, the first Lewis' own version and being a really nice atmospheric outing that balances ambient noises with a hefty 'oomph' really well. The other tracks point to a good working relationship between the pair and are definitely worth checking out.
Like a satisfying soup on an icy winter's day, this is a drop of heart-warming liquid that will surely thaw even lovers of the darkest, coldest drum & bass. Calming, sweet and emotional vocals stitch the track together with gently plucked strings providing the core melody. Crashing cymbals and a graceful drum pattern implement the percussion. Both Mediks and Hybrid Minds are turning the heads of the scene's most influential tastemakers, so this is not an EP to be missed.