KAUF SET TO RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, REGROWTH, OCTOBER 13TH.
With his original productions Kauf has achieved the near impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep. The rhythms, informed mostly by slowed down disco, support simple, emotive chord progressions with a melancholic bent. Dense layering, his own echo-laden vocals, and a penchant for distorted, imperfect sounds create the dominant motif, where the words sometimes ring out as
if emerging from a barely remembered dream.
His debut album ‘Regrowth’ is out in October, so far we’ve seen 4 singles alongside equally staggering remixes from some of the electronic world’s finest talents. Each single charted on Hype Machine Most Popular with Through The Yard and A Ruin reaching the top spot and resulted in Kauf entering the Top 10 of the HypeM 2016 Zeitgeist Chart.
He self-released his first single in 2011 - "Relocate" b/w "When You're Out," which quickly found its way into the hands of Dan Whitford of Cut Copy who released the "As Much Again" EP on his own Cutters Records. Kauf have previously supported Ceu, Public Service Broadcasting, The Big Pink, Stormzy.
After the dissolution of his early experimental rock bands spurned the dive into electronic production and synth collecting, he is equal parts studio rat psychedelia obsessive and art-pop traditionalist. The rhythms, informed mostly by slowed down disco, support simple, emotive chord progressions with a melancholic bent. Dense layering, his own echo-laden vocals, and a penchant for distorted, imperfect sounds create the dominant motif, where the words sometimes ring out as if emerging from a barely remembered dream.
His forthcoming Regrowth LP mostly explores the small fractures within his closest relationships. They are the kind that have long been there, but were either willfully ignored or conveniently missed, like a tiny crack in the windshield that slowly creeps across, but eventually demands you take notice and make the repair before it shatters completely. There is the realization that a relationship with an ex-boyfriend was entirely superficial ("A Ruin") and truly understanding why you're in love ("Through the Yard"). Complicated family issues are the focus on "Turning," "Key to Life" and "Pacify."
Though themes of denial and doubt run through the record, there is a palpable sense of beauty and hope. This is not an angst ridden record like the punk and alternative albums he grew up on, but one questioning the way forward. After the success of the previous singles ‘Through The Yard’, ‘A Ruin’ and ‘Key To Life’ all making the HypeM Top 10, and an LA residency @ The Echo with support from artists like Your Friend, Clara-Nova, and Vōx, Kauf is set for a promising year ahead. We are looking forward to building on that momentum in the coming months.
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