Release: Come With Me EP
Label: Respekt Recordings
Release Date: 5th April 2019
He is renowned for his commanding trance and techno productions, and now Stephen Kirkwood has announced his debut EP release under his Kunky moniker. ‘Come With Me’ is a captivating listen: 12 minutes of driving techno that is as cerebral as it is emotive.
The title track and opener Come With Me is a bustling, kick-driven techno monster that layers a whispered, sultry female vocal over a base of industrial-strength percussion. Come with me/into this moment, urge the lyrics, before a euphoric build and drop that propels the track to its peak. This is prime dancefloor material, the kind that will fill even the most cavernous of warehouse raves.
The ‘Come With Me’ remix comes from up and coming London DJ & producer Joe Blake, whose rework showcases his ability to cross genres and fuse styles.
‘Needin’ U’ again employs an imploring vocal sample, but this is an altogether harder, darker track. Moody, atmospheric and driven by wonky, distorted synths, Needin’ U lingers in your memory long after the forbidding beats have faded away. The record’s final track, ‘Oblique’ is anything but – this is a direct, thumping closer that flirts with touches of acid and trance to make a resounding closing statement. Kunky’s ‘Come With Me’ EP is an excellent introduction to the versatile talents of this up-and-coming producer.
01. Come With Me (Original Mix)
02. Come With Me (Joe Blake Remix)
03. Needin U