KILLAFLAW ‘Broken Idol EP’
Liverpool based rock ‘n’ rave duo Killaflaw, release 'Broken Idol EP' on Wall Of Sound.
Named after a track by the late, great American bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, Benn Helm (singer/guitarist) and Andy Paton (electronics), better known as Killaflaw, skilfully fuse blues & rock ‘n’ roll with beats & dance music into a sound which has been described loosely as “Led Zep meet the Chemical Brothers”, “the missing link between Soundgarden and The Prodigy” and “a kind of 21st century Doors”.
Lead track ‘Broken Idol’, which focuses on the trappings of fame and the perils of post-Savile hero worship, is a pure electro-rock banger, fusing enormous revving electro riffs and New Order flourishes.“’Broken Idol’ is your classic tale of an egomaniac rock star, living life to excess, leading to an eventual downward spiral and inevitable self-destruction,” says Benn. “Hence the title, the idea came from a friend of mine talking about having your illusions shattered if and when you meet your idols.”
Killaflaw show their true diversity in sound with ‘Milk & Whiskey’ the slower of the two, which allows Benn’s husky blues voice to come into its own. “’Milk & Whiskey’ came about while on a writing session in Ibiza,” Benn explains. “While recovering from the night-before’s frivolities, I was reading about old blues singers and how they would drink milk and whiskey to line their stomachs. I thought, ‘What a way to cure what ails you!’ Definitely a song in there somewhere – ha ha.”
Techno twosome the DPPLGNGRS inject Killaflaw's lead track ‘Broken Idol’ with a healthy dose of electro drums, transforming it into a supercharged techno beast. Meanwhile Darin McFadyen, better known as FreQNasty, shapes Benn’s blues vocals through a Daft Punk-style vocoder, managing to turn the once innocent ‘Milk & Whiskey’ into a perfectly formed trap/dancehall banger, which wouldn’t feel out of place in his favourite stomping ground, London’s Fabric.
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MEKON 'PIECE OF WORK' ALBUM OUT NOW!
'PIECE OF WORK' (ALBUM)
WALL OF SOUND
RELEASED 25 FEBRUARY
Mekon, aka John Gosling, has worked with some of the most influential cultural innovators of the last 25 years including Genesis P.Orridge, Goldie, Marc Almond, Schoolly D, William Orbit, Afrika Bambaataa and Alexander McQueen. He's also been an integral artist for the pioneering Wall Of Sound Records (Royksopp, Grace Jones, Jacques Lu Cont, Aeroplane, The Bees, I Am Kloot, Felix Da Housecat et al) run by lovable eccentric music mogul, Mark Jones. 'Piece Of Work' is Mekon's fourth album for the label.
'Piece Of Work' features a roll call of likeminded collaborators including Schoolly D, Throbbing Gristle/Psychic TV's Peter Christopherson, Marco Pirroni from Adam & The Ants, PIG and more, with the album's 12 tracks ranging from electro rap, industrial techno and balearic to ambient and neo-classical.
Beginning with the South East's post-punk scene through early electronic music, graffiti culture and acid house, proto-jungle/drum & bass with Goldie (who provided the nickname, Mekon), big beat and then the Noughties fashion/music crossover soundtracking catwalk shows for McQueen, Mekon has brought his influence to bear on numerous key moments in British alternative music culture. The first artist signed to Wall Of Sound, this album follows 'Welcome To Tackletown', 'Relax With Mekon', and 'Some Thing Came Up'.
A personal history this rich (and an evergreen set of ears) gives Mekon his unique musical edge. 'Piece Of Work' begins with the breathy industrial electro-pop of 'When I Was Walt Whitman', featuring cult NYC fashion icon Leslie Winer. After an ambient interlude, 'Atlantis', eases into 'No Business I Know', a great angelic, shimmery Balearic anthem. 'Sleazy Says' features the late Peter Christopherson, one of the original members of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV, a neo-classical choral piece paying homage to the post-industrial artist.
A robo vox kicks off Schoolly D's electro-rap re-work of 'Saturday Night', leading into the sleazy new-wave of 'Wasted Mind' with Celo Torrez from Agent Provocateur. 'Disco Bloodbath' features Psycho-style violins and shuffly hi-hats, then the grinding industrial techno of forthcoming single, 'Bin Therre', with Pig. Schoolly D returns alongside Marco Pirroni from Adam & the Ants on the punk funk of 'Hardcore'. The lilting piano of 'Be Like Me Intro' provides a brief pause before the riotous closer, 'Ravagable' featuring Rita Brown.
For further information on Mekon and Wall Of Sound please contact:
Matt Learmouth @ Alchemy PR on: 020 8996 1520 or email email@example.com