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Kenton Slash Demon – Sun review

Danish producers Silas Moldenhawer and Jonas Kenton are getting name-dropped by all the right people at the moment. KSD is actually the more electro extension of successful Danish band When Saints Go Machine, who specialise in quirky, dynamic and very memorable indie pop. Their more floor-orientated alter ego however has been enjoying high praise for their previous EP, Khattabi, and has had DJ support from the VonStrokes, Lucianos and Brodinskis over the world, among others.

Their long overdue follow-up, “Sun”, is a proper discoid monster and one that’s bound to become a firm favourite over the next few months. Starting with distressed loops of vocals thrown together at various pitches, it quickly finds its feet and kicks in with some sublime nu-disco beats and synths, reminiscent of Joakim or Duke Dumont. The middle breakdown is what really makes this tune a standout though – cutting the beat and adding almost medieval strings and drones over some loud echo kicks, it sounds swampy, warped and hugely engrossing.

Upcoming South African producer Portable aka Bodycode gets to show his stuff on the remix front, delivering an epic 11 minute version that uses the moody, strung out vocals for a long intro before slyly introducing delicate synth textures and finally a chilled acid bassline. With “Sun” being only the first in a trilogy of Kenton Slash Demon singles (collectively named “The Schwarzchild Solution”), on the evidence of this they should definitely be pretty mighty indeed.

Oliver Keens