February 2014 saw a relatively nascent FKOF Records celebrate its 5th month with FKOFd005 – an EP that’s gone on to become one of our most popular (it’s actually our most streamed release ever with ~500k plays).
I’ve waited almost 8 years to work with either artist in the duo who built that release, but the wait’s finally over…
FKOFd053 is the return of Si Nanobyte to the FKOF family, under a new alias and with a new co-producer. Si and Ry are Konessi, and this is their second outing with material under that name. The debut dropped with our friends at Kokeshi last year, and if you’ve not checked the sumptuous Mr Shadow EP, please stop what you’re doing and go do that first.
This release also sees us do things a little differently. It’s been a labour of love for all involved, and so we all wanted to suitably mark the occasion. This is the first five track EP we’ve done with FKOFd, it’s not all at 140bpm and we’ve got a video for the EP’s first track, SOPHIA. You’ll be able to read about the video and the incredible team behind it here on the FKOF website very soon. Oh, and this isn’t the last material you’ll hear from Konessi on FKOF Records. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
SOPHIA sets the tone of what to expect from the five tracks. Autumn sunlight through the forest canopy, 3am peak vibes with friends on the dance floor and that warm embrace of a good sub. SHIVA steps things up a notch and is all stuttering samples, keys and vocals. Evocative stuff. KAMBO is a bit more lowkey, but equally as emotional. It’s as close as we get to a roller on the release with its percussive frameworks and meditative framing. Track four, SUTRA, is a good example of what to expect from a Konessi live show (yep, that’s coming too) – crescendoing experiences that are as equally powerful on a sound system as they are enjoyed solo on an empty road. We close with UNION, smoky Untrue-esque spaces that still give me goosebumps 6mo after first listen.
As you can probably tell, this release holds a unique place in the FKOF Records catalogue for me. It feels like the start of something with these two musicians, something the team and I are all pretty stoked on. I hope you see that something special too!
FKOFd053 is available to pre-order from the FKOFd Bandcamp today, and will be available to purchase next Friday, 05/11/21. We’re trying something new, so the release then goes to Beatport a week after that, 12/11/21, and drops on general release (via our friends at Juno Download and all other good electronic retailers) a fortnight after that. You can find the release archive across all platforms (and our Bandcamp) while you’re at it.
Producers, if you’ve got tunes for us, please feel free to send them our way.
Peace, love and respect.