Kosheen Announce New Album and First UK Show in Five Years
Kosheen have announced they will be releasing their long awaited fourth album Independence at the end of the month and will headline their first UK show since 2007 at London’s O2 Academy Islington.
Now to our younger readers there may be a bit of a vacant look to some of them with this news, so a quick history lesson. In the late 90’s Sian Evans, who most of you know from the DJ Fresh track ‘Louder’ sang vocals for an electronica band powered by the genius of Darren Decoder and Markee Sustance. The difference Kosheen made at the time was that their tunes featured a dark electronic music that broke the mould.
Whilst we love to categorise and bucket music in to genres, its proved pretty difficult to pigeon hole Kosheen‘s sound. They kind of tear up the rule book by making the music paint as powerful a picture as the story the vocals tell. Simply, they serve up brilliant music, fronted by amazing lyrical delivery.
The world agreed they were something special. Kosheen’s compelling, anthemic track ‘Hide U’ reached number 6 in the UK, while ‘Catch’ hit number 15 and ‘Hungry’ reached number 13. The accompanying album, ‘Resist’, went on to reach number 8 in the UK and made the top 30 in Australia, The Netherlands, Belgium and Greece. It has since sold a million copies worldwide. ‘Hide U’ also won ‘Track of The Year’ at the Muzik Dance Awards and Record of The Year at the Dancestar USA Awards in Miami and Kosheen bagged ‘Best Live Dance Act’ at Dancestar UK.
At the time it was almost unheard of for “dance acts” to play live. As much as Kosheen ignored the accepted way of doing things for their music, they also ignored protocol and embarked on a tour. The band loved the infectious reaction their performances received and began producing the second album with the big live sound in mind.
The resulting album, ‘Kokopelli’, was a hypnotic, intimate collection of songs from the soul. It became Kosheen’s highest UK charting LP, going in at number 6 and helped earn them their second Brit Award nomination and went Gold in the UK. ’All In My Head’ the first single released from the album went straight into the chart at number 7. Two years later in 2007 the band released third LP ‘Damage’.
Since 2007, the band has been busy on other projects. Markee and Darren, the band’s producers, have been DJing worldwide and releasing techno as Kosheen DJs on labels like 1605 and BluFin as well as their own Skeleton Recordings imprint. Meanwhile singer Sian Evans has been busy making guest appearances on tracks for different producers, most notably ‘Louder’ with DJ Fresh, which reached number one in the UK Top 40 late last year.
However, the band have always been working on new Kosheen material and the delay between releases is down to leaving their record label and setting up their own label, Kosheen Recordings, to release the new album. Now they have professional distribution sorted in the UK and Europe they are able to control the destiny of their own music.
Embedding the sense of the band being in control and relieving themselves of previous shackles the new album is called ‘Independence’ and Kosheen show us what we’ve always loved about them. The ability to turn from deep and intense electronica to lonesome spotlight moments where the technology is stripped away, it’s an intensely beautiful and deeply disturbing place to be. It’s a stellar return, effortlessly mixing genres like dub, drum & bass and downtempo to create their own unique space and time. We hope to provide a full review soon.
The London show will see the band perform songs off their hotly tipped new album and from their back catalogue.
Wed 17-Oct-2012 – London O2 Islington Academy 0844 477 2000
Tickets are £15 and go on sale Friday 7th September at 9am
http://www.gigsandtours.com/Tour/KOSHEEN/ 0844 811 0051