Music of Zen Koi presents selected tracks composed and produced by Kiat for mobile game, Zen Koi and its recently released sequel, Zen Koi 2. This eight-track release casts a totally different light on Kiat as he fuses meditative rhythms and Eastern melodies to create a soundscape that enhances the soothing experience for the Zen Koi gameplay.
Kidkanevil (First Word Records, UK):
Growing up on a unique mix of street music and geek culture, kidkanevil aka Gerard Roberts has developed a distinctive and progressive sound over the years. A keen creative from an early age, his progression into music production was a natural one spurred on by an obsessive interest in hip-hop, anime OSTs and computer game music. Equally at home making Kaiju sized beats as well as delicate electro acoustic soundscapes, the kid has earned the praise and respect of numerous peers and tastemakers.
A Red Bull Music Academy alumni, kidkanevil continues to display an impressive work rate, now with four solo albums to his name plus collaborative project Kidsuke alongside visionary Japanese producer Daisuke Tanabe. He also co-produced the epic Stateless album ‘Matilda’ for Ninja Tune, released an official beat tape tribute to American electronics pioneer Raymond Scott and produced a number of tracks for UK rap giants Foreign Beggars, not to mention an almost non-stop trail of remixes and productions.
NeguimBeats (Darker Than Wax, Brazil):
Neguim is part of the latest contribution to the constant paradigm shifts in the movement of Brazil. A pivotal addition in the current wave of electronic music, he is a master of impeccable arrangement. Shaking off typical expectations of the tropical, South American percussion based samples, he tastefully relives the omnipresent nostalgia of jazz - with blithe stabs of keys and notes resonating with earthy, full-bodied snares. Neguim evokes an innate connection with the listener, fast becoming an anomaly in the relationship between artistes and fans –and a vital connection we thrive on at DTW.
Intriguant is back to drop his second single, “Turn”, off his debut album, Recluse, which was released earlier this year. A song which features singer/songwriter, Charlie Lim, on vocals, this music video is a collaborative effort by Australian-based multimedia artists and illustrators, Sam Shields and Ziegfried H Nissen.
This video merges two approaches of illustrative animations by each artist. Nissen’s spacious and clean style is offset by a scattered lo-fi approach by Shields. Spurred by the song’s dark lyrical content and intricate sonic textures, the characters – representations of Intriguant and Lim – are put through many situations and forms, visually capturing the fleeting feeling of life flashing by. Clocks, entropy and collapse are just some visual cues found to visually manifest the themes that are weaved into the delicate fabric of the auditory collaboration between Intriguant and Lim.
Directed & Animated by: Sam MF Shields Ziegfried H Nissen
ABOUT THE CREATORS
Intriguant (real name Louis Quek) is a Singapore-based electronic music producer and DJ. Inspired by the human perception of environments, he mixes together textural sounds with syncopated beats which results in the alignment of the physical with the spiritual. This is evident in his debut EP, Ellipse, which was released on the Syndicate imprint in 2014.
Ellipse gathered the attention of music critics spanning from Israel, Slovakia and the United States. For the title track and lead single, the producer collaborated with visualist and label-mate, Brandon Tay, to produce a visually entrancing music video that was subsequently featured on New York based magazine, The Fader.
His music is a collection of downtempo and fragile beats that covers a wide spectrum of influences and genres that include electronica, experimental, soul and hip hop. He has shared the decks with luminaries such as Thomas Schumacher, Teebs, Flying Lotus, Homeboy Sandman and Om Unit. He has also played at festivals such as the St Jeromeʼs Laneway Festival and Singapore International Jazz Festival.
Sam Shields os a multi-media artist and creator based in Sydney, Australia.
His eclectic body of work explores areas as diverse as illustration, painting, murals, videography and design: Sam keeps himself busy, remaining constantly active across several visual media and even music. Ziegfried H Nissen is a very talented illustrator and animator based in Western Australia.
▶ Spotify: http://bit.ly/recluse
▶ iTunes: http://bit.ly/recluseitunes
▶ Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/reclusebandcamp
▶ Deezer: http://bit.ly/reclusedeezer