Bristol artists KOAN Sound and Asa have joined forces to create the diverse 5-track Sanctuary EP, set to drop via OWSLA next week in partnership with Inspected Records. The new record sees the pair explore more expansive sonic territory, avoiding the constraints of dance music in favour of blending electronic and acoustic music to create a fresh sound.
Over the last five years, KOAN Sound have consistently proved themselves to be a unique talent. Working on a string of releases with OWSLA and Inspected, they are currently in the middle of a North American tour alongside Bassnectar. The pair have continued to focus and evolve their sound, following their Beatport topping Funk Blaster EP with the acclaimed The Adventures of Mr Fox EP late last year.
Fellow Bristolian producer Asa has also been making a strong name for himself over the last few years with a slew of productions that feature a mixture of sounds from grime to electronica, drawn together by his consistent ear for detail and quality. Following a year of work, their collaboration has now come to fruition on the Sanctuary EP, and the results are outstanding.
The lush strings and live drum groove of the title track provide a fluid and emotive opening to the EP before Starlite comes in, balancing its sombre piano line and shimmering synths against a skittering drum & bass rhythm and warped bassline. On This Time Around Koan Sound & Asa are joined by vocalist Koo, who contributes her velveteen vocals to their intricate production. Fuego takes a more of a dance floor approach with its bright synth hooks, chopped vocals and skippy percussion, before Tetsuo’s Redemption completes the EP on a darker note, playing it out on its whip-crack drums and fierce low-end energy.
The Sanctuary EP is due for release on 22nd October, and can be pre-ordered on iTunes here.