Remembered for his dreamy deep house soundscapes inspired by the south of France, Kousto channels memories of summer along the coast. While the producer relocated to London in the mid-20s to soak up the creativity and multiculturalism that the metropolis beholds, Kousto remains synonymous with analogue sounds and musical waves that journeys listeners through poolside paradigms.
Kousto first emerged in 2018. Performing under a pseudonym, the artist’s name is inspired by the French explorer, Jacques Cousteau. Since his inception, his presence on the emerging artist scene has been firmly established with a slew of critically-acclaimed releases and support from artists including Laurent Garnier, Honey Dijon and Folamour; the latter of who also acts as his production adviser.
Kousto has been tipped as “one to watch” by BBC 1 and BBC 1 Dance, has received press coverage in Resident Advisor, Liberation, and Mixmag and is a regular on the UK festival and event scene. In 2019, Kousto launched Little Foot Records – a platform for the French producer to exercise complete creative freedom and see his ideas come to fruition. Since, Kousto has released a suite of EPs on the label, the first being Step by Step in 2019. Next to follow was The Tombolo on Kombava Records (2019), of which its principal track “Wildin’ Out” led to the widespread acknowledgement of Kousto across the mediasphere. 2020 saw the release of “Guadapipi” on Little Foot Records – a track tipped as an “Ibiza Dance Floor Moment” by TSHA on BBC1 Radio. Following this, Kousto’s summer EP, The Aquarium Effect, received attention for its hit track “The Job” ft. Aroop Roy which was supported by Disclosure in their Cercle set in August 2020.
In 2021, Kousto’s new year single release “Earth Embassy” earned itself media attention due to its hopeful affirmations in the face of the pandemic that waged on. April 2022 marks Kousto’s sixth release: Unexpected Voyage. Upholding his familiar style of musical dreamscapes that recall summer settings and far-off places, Unexpected Voyage is a gateway into Kousto’s mind’s eye: postcards of memories, reflections on the future.