KRTS: The Dread Of An Unknown Evil (2LP, Cyan 12 Inch, Digital)
In 2011 we saw KRTS breaking free from the boundaries of NYC’s five boroughs, releasing his first EP, Hold On, with the Berlin-based label Project: Mooncircle. The five tracks of Hold On represent the organic, heavily emotional and lively style of broken-beat, fusion jazz, boom-bap, and dubstep.
With the end of 2012 comes The Dread Of An Unknown Evil, KRTS’s first LP (limited, colored, double vinyl / uv-varnish print cover) for Project: Mooncircle. With bass-culture styles reflecting the darker side of everyday reality, the album explores themes such as fear, apprehension, doubt, angst, and sorrow, with the prevailing dread of an unknown and uncertain future—always there, peering around corners, waiting and watching.
“Your Eyes“ features Stevee Wellons — a soulful diva and KRTS’s own mother — telling the story of lost loves and abandoned hopes.
“Knuckle Under“ is an immediate cinematic ride through the chaotic New York City underground, each bass line like an elbow to the shoulder, spinning you and pushing you down until it all turns black.
“Something New“ featuring sibling Jon Hairston on vocals, is a plea to love and the risks involved when we hold hearts back.
The ten tracks of The Dread Of An Unknown Evil form an intimate LP from a musician battling to make it between cities, families, loves, losses, and futures — on to the next chapter.
Mastered by Sven Friederichs | Artwork and original paintings by Alfonso Cruz | A&R: Gordon Gieseking
Excerpts of press or air play outcomes:
XLR8R March 6th, 2012 video premiere with the song Fire – WATCH. Native Instruments February 22th, 2013 Traktor video tutorial with the song Fire – WATCH. Resident Advisor November, 1st 2012 feature – READ. BBC Radio 1 November 1st, 2012 hosted by B. Traits with the song Close The Closet Door – LISTEN. XLR8R Dezember 6th, 2012 exclusive dwnld with the song The Dread of an Unknown Evil – DWNLD/LISTEN. De:Bug Magazine #168 November, 1st 2012 review – READ. KMag January, 2nd 2013 Most essential bass music releases December 2012 – READ. Black Plastic December, 20th 2012 review – READ. Amp Soul / Beat Dimensions October 20th, 2012 hosted by Jay Scarlett with the song Something New – LISTEN. Clubbing Spain November 2nd, 2012 feature – READ. Sitting Ovation November 2nd, 2012 interview – READ. Chrome Kids Radio November 6th, 2012 hosted by Kaptin with the song Something New – LISTEN. BBC Radio 1 November 12th, 2012 hosted by B. Traits with the song Close The Closet Door – LISTEN. Musicserf (Russia) November 11th, 2012 feature – READ. East Village Radio / NYC November 12th, 2012 hosted by Jon Oliver with the song Your Eyes – LISTEN. Broken Beats / Radio Luz November 19th, 2012 hosted by Wuja & TVB with the song Regreat to Retreat – LISTEN. Basic Soul Radio / Samurai FM / PLAY.FM November 12th, 2012 hosted by Simon Harrison with the song Regreat to Retreat / Something New – LISTEN. EARMILK November 21st, 2012 exclusive stream of the song Knuckle Under – LISTEN. BBC Radio 1 November 26th, 2012 hosted by B. Traits with the song Close The Closet Door – LISTEN. Donky Pitch November 28th, 2012 hosted by Slugabed with the song Knuckle Under – LISTEN. Bassport / M94.5 November 29th, 2012 hosted by Lili Ruge & Franziska Niesar with the song Knuckle Under – LISTEN. Altsounds.com November 30th, 2012 review – READ. 1LIVE November 25th, 2012 hosted by Klaus Fiehe with the song Strange Boys In Blue / Regret To Retreat – LISTEN. Groove Merchants / PLAY.FM November 25th, 2012 hosted by Majestic Mood with the song Strange Boys in Blue – LISTEN. Beyondjazz #435 Dezember 2nd, 2012 hosted by Lennart with the song Your Eyes – LISTEN. The Arts Desk Dezember 3rd, 2012 review – READ. Basic Soul Radio / Samuai FM / Play FM December 3rd, 2012 hosted by Simon Harrison with the song Your Eyes – LISTEN. Urban Waves Dezember 12th, 2012 feature – READ. Percussion Lab Dezember 12th, 2012 review – READ. hhv.de Magazine December 12th, 2012 review – READ. Beatport December 12th, 2012 staff pick 2012 – READ. Cyclic Defrost February 12th, 2012 review – READ. Radio FM4 February 1st live set & interview – LISTEN.
DJ / Artist Comments:
Really enjoying the KRTS album! (Bill Dolan – Cargo Records / UK)
Album sounding way more ballsy than anything i’ve heard since Falty DL or Machinedrum’s last work of a similar vein! (Om Unit – Cosmic Bridge | Civil Music / UK)
Loving the album! (Thristian – Boiler Room / UK)
Damn this a wonderful LP! Beats, basslines and lovely vocals! (Simon Harrison – Basic Soul Radio / UK)
Quite surprised by the album when it came compared to the singles but pleasantly so, dark and deep, nice! (James Barrie – Audio Texture / ES)
|A01||Something New featuring Jon Hairston|
|B03||Close The Closet Door|
|B05||Strange Boys In Blue|
|C06||Your Eyes featuring Stevee Wellons|
|C07||The Dread Of An Unknown Evil|
|D08||Breathe With Me featuring Charles Larson|
|D09||Regret To Retreat|
|D10||Was She Worth It|
|Title:||The Dread Of An Unknown Evil|
|Format:||2LP, Cyan 12 Inch, Digital|
|Date:||07. December 2012|