Leeds-based producer Krotone, takes the listener on a journey through the past, present and future of underground dance music, as he pays homage to his home city with Stranger, a 5-track EP on Of Paradise that traverses the outer limits of UK club music.
EP opener Just Can’t, is a stripped-back house track, powered by a raw and bouncy kick, flavoured with infectious vocals, whispering hi-hats and warm dub textures. Following this is title track Stranger, an intoxicating dose of swaggering club music that sits somewhere between off-kilter house and future-focused garage. Rolling kicks and wonky percussion are interwoven with sharp stabs and a vocal hook dripping with attitude.
Kicking off the B-side is Have You, an alluring and euphoric slice of early 90s rave nostalgia updated for 2021. Swirling pads, trademark drum work and another perfectly engineered vocal hook, all work together to capture the magic found in the heart of the dance floor. Progress pushes things into more tribal territory, with its raw, tight percussion, pulsating bassline and smokey pad work, that, when brought together, offer a moment of clarity in an uncertain world.
Rounding off the release is Resolute, a dubbed-out, spacey affair that employs bouncy kicks, rolling percussion and crystalline pads to maximum effect. A richly textured and blissful sign-off to an EP that further cements Krotone’s status as one-to-watch.
Precision engineered for RS Turbo systems and word-of-mouth basement raves, Stranger is a crowd-moving, yet intimate journey through the heart of the laser tunnel.