Kyle Watson makes bass heavy house music. He hails from South Africa and has released on the likes of Dirtybird and Elevation. He also serves up his free sounds on This Aint Bristol, which is where his debut album ‘Into the Morning’ lands. Across 13 tracks, it features a number of collaborations and really showcases the breadth of his sound.
Said to be orchestrated in countless hours between dusk and dawn, it stays true to his catchy low end love but also heads in new directions. I Know kicks things off with catchy rhythms and colourful synths, then Sides bring well swung drums and rasping bass that is irresistible. This is an accessible, feel good album that has catchy vocals and fresh pads all adding to the smoothness.
The likes of Control Ya and You Boy are diffuse, emotional tracks with heart swelling vocals that stay long in the memory and of course the South African’s trademark sense of off kilter fun in the playful synths. Song For the One is a more mellow moment with r&b vocals that shimmer and shine, and July then picks things up with broken beats and crunchier textures.
All in all this is an expressive and utterly modern sounding album that offers big moments for the club as well as plenty of tender home listening highlights.
Out now: TAB038 – Kyle Watson „Into The Morning“
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