KOAN Sound

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KOAN Sound
Origin Bristol
Genres
Years active 2008 – present
Labels
Website www.koansound.com
Members Will Weeks
Jim Bastow

KOAN Sound is an electronic music production duo from Bristol, United Kingdom. The duo consists of Will Weeks and Jim Bastow. The name is taken from the word kōan. A track from the Max Out EP is titled "One Hand Clap" - a reference to a well-known kōan with the implied answer of silence, an element used in their music to draw extreme contrast.

The duo cite bands such as Rage Against the Machine and Incubus as early influences.[1] In 2005 the duo began to explore electronic music through artists such as The Prodigy and Noisia.[2] They initially gained recognition as dubstep producers, with earlier popular tracks including "Akira". Some of their many types of music includes glitch hop, neurohop, and moombahcore.

The duo have since released music on various labels including Inspected and OWSLA, and have worked with a number of other artists, including producer Asa and singer Ed Sheeran.

On 23 May 2011, KOAN Sound released the Max Out EP. The release was seen by many as a turning point in their production, gradually moving away from the dubstep template of their earlier music and displaying a wider range of styles.

On 1 November 2011, the duo released the Funk Blaster EP [3] on Skrillex’s label OWSLA.[4] The EP reached number 1 in the Beatport releases category.

During 2012, KOAN Sound performed across Europe and North America. They supported Skrillex alongside Diplo and others on the Full Flex Express Tour in 2012.[5]

On 4 September 2012, The Adventures of Mr. Fox EP was released. The release includes remixes from Reso, Neosignal and Opiuo.[6] A remix of "Introvert" by Vexisle, a duo of KOAN Sound's frequent collaborator Asa and Kursa, was released soon after as a free download.[7] The EP track "80s Fitness" (music video by director Tim Hendrix and producer Filippo Nesci) featured on an advert for The Radio 1 Breakfast Show with Nick Grimshaw and received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra.[8] Their songs have been played by Skream and Benga, MistaJam and Annie Nightingale among others,[9] and they completed a Daily Dose: OWSLA After Dark mix for MistaJam.[10]

On 22 October 2013, the duo's collaboration EP with Asa, Sanctuary, was released through OWSLA and Inspected.[11] Their fourth OWSLA release, the Dynasty EP, was released on 1 April 2014.[12] One of the four tracks, "7th Dimension", entered the UK Indie Breakers Chart at number 12.[13]

Their fifth EP titled, "Forgotten Myths" was released in 2015.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

Year Release Label
2011 Free EP Self-released
Max Out Inspected Records
Funk Blaster OWSLA
2012 The Adventures of Mr. Fox OWSLA
2013 Sanctuary (with Asa)[14] OWSLA / Inspected Records
2014 Dynasty OWSLA
2015 Forgotten Myths Self-released

Singles[edit]

Year Title Label
2008 "Clowny / Blessed" Abducted Dub
2009 "Boo & Yarr (by TRiLLBASS) / Mafia (TRiLLBASS Remix) / Alchemy" TRiLLBASS
2010 "Coast To Coast / Hesitation (featuring Asa)" Screwloose Records
"Jumpsuit Adventures / Blueberry Pie"
2011 "Akira / Endorphin"
"Garden of Buddha / Zappa Bomb Squad" Dubsaw
2012 "Risky Endeavours" Unsigned

Other appearances[edit]

Year Track Release Label
2008 "Mafia" TRiLLDigi 002 TRiLLBASS
2011 "Kaneda" (with Asa) Sweeter Things EP Screwloose Records
"Blue Stripes" Dubstep Onslaught EMI
2012 "Look Who's Back" (featuring Foreign Beggars) OWSLA Presents: Free Treats Vol. II OWSLA
"Beyond the Shadows" (with Gemini, Culprate and Asa) Beyond the Shadows Inspected Records
2013 "Cascade" (with Culprate, Asa and Reso) Cascade Inspected Records
2014 "Mosaic" (with Culprate, Asa and Sorrow) Mosaic Inspected Records
2015 "If You Hadn't" (with Culprate, Asa and Opiuo) If You Hadn't Inspected Records

Remixes[edit]

Year Track Artist
2009 Catch You Asa
2010 We Can Have It All Danny Byrd
Butters (unreleased) Wachs Lyrical
2011 This City (with Asa) Kito & Reija Lee
Raw Tones (with Asa) Gatekeeper
Promises Andain
The A Team Ed Sheeran
Keep Rising LoKo
Kill Everybody Skrillex
Deal With It Kill The Noise
2012 Days Are Forgotten Kasabian
Green and Blue Neil Davidge
Vengeance Rhythm Two Fingers
2013 Axion Reso
2014 Life (featuring Gift of Gab and Syreneiscreamy) Opiuo

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