King Midas Sound, the sub-electronic, narco hip-hop side-project plans to release Edition 1 via Ninja Tune on September 18th. Touted to be the first of a four-album concept-series, Edition 1 just might mark the group’s most ambitious outing yet.
While nothing short of an eardrum-rupturing electronic-fusion of sorts, King Midas Sound made it’s eponymous debut in 2009 with Waiting For You on Hyperdub. Since then, the trio: The Bug(whose real name is Kevin Martin), Roger Robinson, and Kiki Hitomi have been busy cooking-up and releasing their own solo-projects. Now in 2015, KMS made their move over to Ninja Tune allowing them the opportunity to embark on their second-record. This second-album will be the first in a series of collaborative projects that will ensue.
Aptly titled: Edition 1, the concept-album is a collaborative-effort with the Austrian guitarist and electronic-producing maestro, Fennesz. Inspired by Fennesz’s unique Endless Summer(2001) album, both Martin and Robinson recruited his talents to mesh with their own. Fennesz’s guitar-tonality and experimental sensibilities juxtapose strangely with KMS’s anxiety-ridden vibes, exuding challenging new music to any listener within the EDM realm. A highlight from Edition 1, “Waves” is the best representation of sonic-genius these performers can pull-together.
Following the release of The Bug’s last album: Angels & Devils, he suggested he would focus his next record on the ideology of sonic-ambience and saturate it with lyrics of absolute emotion. Operating on the distinctive terms of melancholy-expression, Martin enlisted Fennesz to contribute improvisational guitar techniques and an entire anthology of heavily-layered samples and quirks from his own personal archive of previously unreleased-material. Fennesz’s contribution fleshes-out a fully compositional collaborative-work.
Kevin Martin has confirmed the two acts will be taking their collaboration on the road to perform together on stage beginning at Incubate in Tilburg during September.
02. On My Mind
04. Loving or Leaving
07. Above Water
08. We Walk Together
09. Our Love