Kyle Hall – Kaychunk review

Artist: Kyle Hall
Title: Kaychunk
Label: Hyperdub
Genre: Dubstep/Grime
Format: 12″, Digital
Buy From: Juno Records, Juno Download

Detroit meet dubstep: dubstep, meet Detroit. Kyle Hall knocks down barriers on this release, bringing his free-flowing, insouciant production style to the UK bass music scene. After dropping a remix of Darkstar’s “Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer” in 2009, Hyperdub boss Kode9 called on Hall’s precocious talents for a solo release on the imprint.

His brief production career has so far encompassed house, techno, jazz and now dubstep, although such parameters are fairly meaningless to a young producer for whom the internet, analogue equipment, high tech kit and software programming are all part of one wonderful, disjointed bundle for making and consuming music.

“Kaychunk” features soft melodic synths floating over the top of a schizophrenic drum pattern, while vocal snippets help give the track some structure. B-side “You Know What I Feel” is very much in the Floating Points school of dubstep, meandering gently along with no obvious destination – but of course the destination hardly matters, because the ride itself is so damn fun.

Make no mistake, Hall is a prodigious talent and with releases slated for labels as diverse and forward-thinking as Carl Craig’s Planet E, Sheffield’s iconic Warp and Instra:mental’s Non Plus, it’s already obvious that the serious players are taking notice.

Review: Aaron Coultate