KOAN Sound, the Bristol based electronic duo, have been teasing us for the past week with snippets and streams of their forthcoming EP, The Adventures of Mr. Fox. Luckily, as of today, the wait is finally over. The Adventures of Mr. Fox, KOAN Sound’s sophomore release on OWSLA, consists of four original productions by the duo as well as three fantastic remixes from the likes of Opiuo, Reso and Neosignal.
After just one listen to this EP, one thing is evident, KOAN Sound are masterful producers and technicians. Their funk-infused style of glitch-hop and mid-tempo dubstep flaunts some of the most unique synths and groovy basslines in all of electronic music, and it seems only obvious that the last year has been a year well spent, developing and enhancing their signature sound. The EP is a mixture of glitch-hop and funky electro-dubstep tracks, which truly describe how diverse of a palette KOAN Sound and the other artists on this EP have grown to develop. One of my favorite tracks, “Eastern Thug” is a grimy glitch-hop tune loaded with crunchy synths and groovy bass. Another highlight of the EP are both “80s Fitness” and Reso’s remix of the tune. “80s Fitness” is a funk-filled tune packed with 80’s style synths and what sounds like a vocal sample straight from a session of Jazzercise. Reso’s interpretation maintains the atmosphere of the original but quickly throws in a heavy dose of syncopated wobbles, which adds a fresh electro-glitch feel to the track. All in all, The Adventure’s of Mr. Fox is an EP that speaks for itself. KOAN Sound are in a league of their own and if they continue to develop at this pace, there may be no way for anyone to catch up.
Give each track a listen and make sure to support the artists by purchasing the EP on Beatport here.