Ekkoes Kinetik

REVIEW: ‘Kinetik’ – EKKOES

EKKOES – “Kinetik”

London-based electro-pop group EKKOES have released their second studio album “Kinetik” two years after their debut “Elekktricity”. Formed in 2013, Jon Beck and Dave Fawbert began as remixers working with artists as diverse as Lana Del Ray, Kate Bush (“This Woman’s Work”) and even George Michael (“Fastlove”). O’Connell joined the group two years later and together, they began writing and recording for themselves.

Elekktricity” was released in May 2016 and includes the anthemic “Fight The Feeling”, “You Just Walked Away” and the brilliant feel-good song “Heaven”. And for good measure, the group included their version of the late Laura Branigan’s 1984 hit “Self Control”, bringing the song into the twenty-first century while sympathetically retaining the majesty of the original.

EKKOES have built a strong following over the past couple of years supporting legendary 80’s synth-electro group Human League and the mighty Erasure on their most recent UK and European tours. Now, after a Summer of new single releases every few weeks, EKKOES have finally made available the follow up to “Elekktricity”. So what’s it like? Well join me on my track-by-track journey through this brand new modern masterpiece…

1. You Got The Light

The lead single from “Kinetik” is this superb, Summer epic that breathes life and light into the darkest of hearts, before the mighty guitar solo that reigns across the middle-eight of the song.

2. When You Wake

“When You Wake” has a really infectious, fast-moving rhythm that certainly keeps you up and vibrant. It opens as if it were an early-90’s indie band anthem, a track to put on in the car for one of those long journey’s out in the open sun.

3. Wallflower

“Wallflower” is a cover of Hampshire indie group Mega City Four’s minor hit from 1993 (UK No.69) but given a very definite coating of EKKOES sparkle and class. Gorgeous guitars and striking vocals elevate this to a near-epic plain. Definitely a standout of the album.

4. Victim Of Love

It’s time to get your dancing shoes on now for this step back to the late-80’s/early-90’s and the great pop-dance classics of that time. Awesome plinky-plonky keyboards and heavenly “aaaaaah’s” give it that magic touch and shine. I absolutely love this track! There is great potential for some superb club/dance remixes to this one.

5. Without You I Am Nothing

The melancholy “Without You I’m Nothing” pleads with you to stay “I’m on my knees, I’m begging you please” and does so with and understated beat and resonance.

6. Synthetik

Time for a short instrumental piece using a haunting electric guitar in a possible scene in a smoke-filled alley way. And just as you take a bite into it. It’s gone.

7. Love Won’t Save You Now

More haunting melodies and vocals before “Love Won’t Save You Now” explodes like a soft-rock anthem and takes up the pace left off from “When You Wake”. This song was the third track released as a single and has a killer accompanying video that is a MUST see!

8. Organik

A short piano instrumental that makes you stop short in your tracks and simply say “wow”!

9. Sky Falls Down

“Sky Falls Down” picks up the pieces and will lift you back on that cloud where this album should of been holding you from the very beginning. It’s full of atmosphere and dreamyness and hope. You definitely won’t want to fall after listening to this one!

10. Electricity

Back to the 80’s now with “Electricity” and you can almost hear the neon lights flashing above and below you in this track. Its got beat, Its got bop and it got me up waving my arms in a robotic fashion!

11. Footprints

For anyone that’s a fan of the Pet Shop Boys, you will love the intro into “Footprints”, it’s as if Chris Lowe was standing there with his bank of keyboards and Neil’s distinctive voice was lacing itself through the synth beat. Oh, there’s a gospel singer in the background. PSB perfection.

12. Kinetik

At over seven minutes in length, the title track crams everything possible into its mixture. Superb beats, thought-provoking power vocals, a distant trumpet, rain drops, soaring guitar riffs and a thumping beat that will take your breath away.

13. Nothing Here Lasts Forever

And just as you don’t want to come in to land, our journey is at an end with this Dream Academy-esque finale. More heavenly voices, tender words and a long instrumental guitar ending that will leave you with goosebumps and a feeling that you really don’t want this to end.

 

Not just a worthy successor to “Elekktricity” but a superior beast in every sense. “Kinetik” bristles and sparks from beginning to end with its mixture of outstanding anthems, dancefloor fillers and beautiful, heart moving moments. If this doesn’t bring EKKOES out into the open to the masses, then quite possibly nothing will. Its got smash hit written all over it and is definitely worth a listen many, many times over. Enjoy.

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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