Über talented Oz Morsley collaborated with no other than Doug McCarthy of NITZER EBB and has remixed many synth artists, starting with MESH all through to SUNSCREENS and many others. 2013’s ‘Begin Again’ somehow drifted away from the purity of electronic genre and the production was hailed as mediocre at best, leaving one to wonder what went wrong.
KLOQ are powerful however, and Morsley does not rest on his laurels in search of superiority. The new EP ‘The Gun’ proves that the Essex boys are as ingenious as they are quick on trigger, coming back with pieces that are dirty, in your face and very ‘I Never Said’.
The opening ‘Black Slab’ is a literal brick in the face; angry, vicious, filthy. With elements of ‘Move Forward’s’ ‘Ibiza’, superb electronica and sexy tonality, it bursts with ingeniousity and does not seem to stop. Just when one thinks the tune can’t progress to anything better and more unexpected, they go and dish more out. Anyone remembers KELIS and her dirty attitude?! Oh yes, this has it in bunches! Dirty girls, sleazy boys, get your glad rags on- it’s time for our night!
‘Drive’ descends onto the unprepared listener with a masterfully manipulated sound, pouring down in strings of trance, cyber rock and magnificent production; a perfectly rounded dance track not for the faint hearted.
‘The Gun’ and its guitar riffs over perfect drums is as original as it gets, bearing elements of American movies from the likes of Quentin Tarantino and their soundtracks. Yet again, it is loud, obscene, nasty and full of attitude. The dirty synth extravaganza continues in the closing track ‘This Beat’, which is more BEASTIE BOYS than ERASURE, equally danceable and innovative.
KLOQ are back and what a return with a vengeance this is. Another EP ‘Behind The Screams’ follows in November. May the next full length album sound as good. If it does, they’re in for a winner.
‘The Gun’ EP is released on 18th September 2015 but is available as a free download for a limited period via https://soundcloud.com/kloq/sets/the-gun-ep
KLOQ play the following live dates:
London Cargo (26th September – EP launch), London Camden Proud (3rd October), Southend Chinnerys (10th October), Chelmsford Bassment (16th October), London O2 Academy Islington (5th November), London Camden Dublin Castle (27th November)
Text by Monika Izabela Goss
28th August 2015