At a mere 25 years old, Matt Relton (otherwise known as Kidnap Kid) has really made an impression on the house music scene. He’s got a multitude of releases already under his belt, including the techno slammer “Fall” and “Vehl” – which won an iTunes (US) award back in 2012 for Best Electronic Song, and then releasing a mix last year that captured everyone’s hearts and stole mine – the one he made for Deep House Amsterdam, if you haven’t listened to it yet, I suggest you do it immediately. Since then, we’ve all been waiting patiently but with anticipation for what he would release next.
Moments was released just under a month ago on Relton’s own label, Birds That Fly (also the title of the B-Side track to this EP), and features 20 year old Leicester vocalist, Leo Stannard, who lists Bon Iver, Damien Rice and Arcade Fire as his influences. Interested yet?
Kidnap Kid has willingly swapped the club tracks for a more brooding beat with soft, chilling vocals, which would be more likely be listened to alone in your room writing an essay than at Shangri-La at Glastonbury. I absolutely adore this track and it looks like Kidnap Kid is taking influence from artists like Maribou State and Pedestrian, who intertwine progressive beats and spine-tingling vocals and turn it into something elegant, delicate and charming.
The B-side to the EP, ‘Birds That Fly’, takes on a more classical Kidnap Kid style but still has the stripped back elements of ‘Moments’; it’s progressive yet complex, relaxing yet uplifting and has a gorgeous vocal that stirs through the track before building to its climax at around 3 and a half minutes. It’s the perfect partner to ‘Moments’ and together they make a haunting but stunning EP.
Does this mean that Kidnap Kid’s sound has taken a completely new direction? I don’t know, but his sound has certainly matured in this release and it’s definitely a different option for the Sheffield producer, who has a hugely bright future ahead of him.