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The Premise EP

by Kassian

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    At Heist, we’re always on the prowl for exciting new music and we’ve seriously found it in the form of new project ‘Kassian’, the brainchild of Joe Danvers- McCabe (‘Danvers') and Warren Cummings (‘Warren Xclnce’).

    Both are regulars in the underground and wider reaching London scenes, Warren is a co-founder of Abouttoblow and a previous studio producer at Worldwide FM, whilst Joe came through DJing and running nights in the eclectic world of Bristol nightlife before moving to London.

    Joe gained considerable attention this year with his ‘Interludes EP’ on Wotnot music, with ‘Aye Ata’ getting played by pretty much everyone from Gilles Peterson to Octo Octa. Perhaps unknowingly, he entered into Heist territory with a Frits Wentink remix on that release. After hearing this release, we got in touch with him and that’s when we heard about Joe and Warren’s plans to launch a new project together. They already had some tracks ready and when we heard them, it had ‘Heist Recordings’ written all over it. The whole EP breathes soul and funk with that dancefloor punch you’ve come to expect from Heist.

    The Premise EP delivers three originals, each with a hint of soulful, old-school New York House, but with a fresh style and unique character. Finishing the EP is an eccentric and vibey DJ Nature remix. This release marks the start of a new musical path for the duo and we hope they have a lot more music to share with the world.

    The title track “The Premise” has a special meaning for them: It’s named after the London studio/café ‘The Premises’ where they had their first studio sessions together following a chance meeting at a Peckham party they were both playing. The track is a moody but high-energy jam filled with Rhodes licks, vocal chops and some lovely string work. “Bad Habit” kicks in a bit harder but finds a nice balance again with a prominent piano, accompanied by some guitar chops and a soulful vocal. The energy is kept high with a loopy bassline and a mix of cowbells
    and toms... wait for the acid line to hit to really feel this one!

    The flip holds two versions of Love 4:2. The original is probably the darkest track of the ep with a heavy-as-hell bassline. The track stretches out over nine minutes with various vocal, percussive and synth elements taking place to support the vibe. The second version of this track comes from the skilled hand of DJ Nature. He’s been busy digging in his own archives; recently re-issuing old Nature Boy tracks to much success. Luckily, we’ve managed to push his buttons with this track and the remix he delivered is classy as can be. He goes for a similar approach in terms of speed and energy, but takes a sharp leftfield turn with a syncopated bassline and some twisted and tangled work on the keys.

    Altogether we’ve got a debut release that has already done wonders in many of our DJ sets and we’re super excited to introduce Kassian to the world. Play it loud and enjoy!

    Yours Sincerely,

    Maarten & Lars.

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The Premise 06:21
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Bad Habit 07:08
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released October 29, 2018

2018, Heist Recordings

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KASSIAN is a collaboration of Danvers & Warren Xclnce

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