Though a long-time member of the local scene, it's taken something of a stylistic update for 5kinAndBone5 to finally break out. That update must have involved some manner of trippy cybernetic augmentation, as the duo's found itself dissolved and dispersed in a matrix of '90s cyberculture Tumblrs, occult technology, and raw-as-fuck rhythm programming. The last two years have been big for the duo, with tracks out now on fresh imprints Grizzly, Uknown to the Unknown, and Soo Wavey. Earlier this week we caught up with a brain in a vat claiming to be 5kinAndBone5, which said these are its five favorite's from the past year or so. Give them a spin, and check out 5kinAndBone5, co-headlining with Brenmar, this Saturday for Lights Down Low's latest party at 222 Hyde.
"Meter," by Adriana Lopez
"Hailing from Barcelona, homegirl Adriana just dropped an exquisite gem via Newrhythmic Digital. Heavy and deep with computer glitches in the matrix pulsating steadily, yet it somehow eschews the overtly sinister pitfall many a techno tune inherently falls into. This genre is such an easy thing to butcher, so needless to say I am always stoked when I encounter individuals who can dish it out with subtlety in a way that is not overpowering. She gets it. This reflects my ideal take on modern day techno."
"Aero," by Gatekeeper
"The two Gatekeepers brothers dropped an interesting full-length album Exo courtesy of Hippos in Tanks that caught my attention with its luscious sonic textures and refreshing use of synth composition. The track that specifically jumped out at me was "Aero," although there are many other tracks worth mentioning. Slight industrial drums and atmospherics, combined with TB-303s undulating to a tempo you ordinarily wouldn't catch them at -- this is the ideal soundtrack to my personal cyberspace."
"Malfunction (Adjust)," by A Made Up Sound
"50 Weapons comes correct yet once again with this AMUS release. Apparently AMUS is an alias for a producer that I was not familiar with, however anything Modeselektor signs off on consistently bangs. Slightly janky drums that wouldn't sound out of place on a Steve Poindexter record, coupled with a nice catchy lead synth halfway through, yield a pleasant stomper that would do well during peak hours at warehouse party near you."
"Motif" by Teengirl Fantasy
"God damn. Teengirl Fantasy is the truth. Blissed out ethereal soundscapes meet mildly jackin' house drums? Yes please. This is heaven for anyone who likes stuff that touches on vintage house vibes without being too firmly rooted in the past. Notice the robust square tone bass line a la Larry Heard. Eventually the pads creep in and voilà! House music magic. These two can do no wrong."
"MAW Basics (Gerd's NY Stomp Mix)" by Mateo and Matos
"A new take on a deep old school jam courtesy of Local Talk's sublabel 1nce Again. The original serves up some bouncy Rhodes grooves and Gerd's remix successfully steps it up a couple notches by tossing in a subtle dark bass synth that hops around reminiscent of some of my favorite Cajmere joints. Nice track on some laid back vibes; perfect for an opening set."