Kowton – Utility

Vinyl (2x 12'')
Livity Sound [LIVITY019]

Debut long player from Livity Sound’s Kowton – hotly anticipated and rightly so…

New Kowton records are always a treat, since debuting on Idle Hands back in 2010 he has served up countless killer singles on the likes of Hessle, Naked Lunch and his own Pale Fire label. The latter releasing the turning point ‘Des Bisous’ which set led to the greyscale dub-informed techno/grime reductions that we can’t get enough of – since then, a string of records on Livity have paved the way for ‘Utility’.

Spread across two discs the album is packed with no less than 9 tracks, each stripped back to the essentials – beats, bass and, melody – perhaps some of the most melodic tracks he has released to date. It’s safe to say that there isn’t a single bad track on offer here.

Right from the stepping patterns of ‘Scido’ through to the gatling gun kicks of the standout ‘Shots Fired’, Utility teases bleep and bass through a decidedly UK filter to create something unique and greater than a sum of it’s parts.

Versatile and deadly on the turntables and very rewarding on headphones too, we lost a happy evening to this one on the stereo picking some of these head mangling loops apart and hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Killer sleeve art by Tess Redburn with Type by Kenneth Shaw.

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