Fresh from the release of his brand new LP, Northern Landscapes, French producer and DJ, Kmyle selects ten of his most deadly secret dancefloor weapons. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight presents.
This was preceded by his Telepathic Synchrony EP, which I retrospectively listened to with great intent. This, I soon realised, is a producer who is doing something a little different. Given his involvement in the French techno scene, one might expect Kmyle‘s to be just that…straight up techno with a twist of the Francais about it.
We all know the old adage about assumptions and this was proven to be correct as I took my first listen to his Northern Landscapes long player.
The album starts out with a distinctive breakbeat influence in Constantine – the frenetic, skittering drum programming sees to that – and while the album does contain what you might call “classic” techno tropes, you can certainly see that a wealth of affectations that have coloured Kmyle’s sound.
Kaleidoscope would not be out of place on a record by the likes of Boards of Canada or some such IDM outfit, or perhaps a track from Umek‘s Psevdo, so prevalent are the lush ambient sounds and off-kilter percussive breaks.
We have drops of early rave in there, obviously Detroit makes an appearance, there is the occassional morceau of electro, but we can also see that the productions have taken inspiration from sources closer to home, namely the hypnotic, melodic style of Franco-techno for which the Toulouse artist has become most widely known.
Kmyle has gifted us a most accomplished work with the release of his album and we look forward to more exciting productions as the artist continues to develop his style, both as a solo producer and as a member of any collaborative ventures he may wish to contribute to. Either way, our breath is bated.
In the meantime, we are delighted to present Kmyle‘s ten tracks. Not just any ten tracks, these are the heavy artillery he keeps locked up in his record box, ready to devastatingly unleash on any unsuspecting dancefloor. Here are Kmyle‘s Secret Weapons…
DJ Deep – Stressed (Ben Sims remix)
A 909-type track. Very simplistic; but total efficiency in all my sets.
Maral Salmassi – Pattern Abstraction (Inigo Kennedy Remix)
Because I am an unconditional fan of Inigo Kennedy; this track is very “offbeat” and totally crazy.
Alessandro Adriani – Harvest
Alessandro…he has a genius in him. I love the ‘hard’ side of this track ; and the EBM style literally smashes heads on the dance floor.
Kmyle – Rosen
This is the song from my Skryptöm album, Northern Landscapes that I love playing at the end of my DJ sets; the melody gives me a lot of joy.
Motionen – Distant Voices
The minimalist approach of the track is really beautiful. The drone, with a pure and constant rhythm, brings trouble in my mind; the impression of being in a tunnel.
Acronym – Paranoia
This is one of my favourite intros. This kind of ambient track in the Nordic style; high class!
The Knife – Stay Out Here (Paula Temple Remix)
A rhythm like a second world war; there is a feeling of being in the turmoil and the work on the vocal is totally impressive. Big up, Paula!
Luca Agnelli – Aplu
Fantastic theme with a ‘lead’ that makes me think of a galactic journey; it gives a special atmosphere when I play it.
Anthro – Focus
The good old rave track, just for jumping everywhere.
Perth Drug Legend – Hillend Hyper Squad
A smashing anthem with a dirty sound as I like to play.
Maxime Dangles – Tentacles
A track of my friend Maxime Dangles. The variations on the drone synth is really nice and the track grow up in finesse.
Kurumas – The Hermit
Electronica track that I play during long DJ sets or if I have the opportunity to start slowly. The melody is very typical and very pretty.