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. In 2005 the duo began to explore electronic music through artists such as The Prodigy and Noisia. 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.
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 4 September 2012, The Adventures of Mr. Fox EP was released. The release includes remixes from Reso, Neosignal and Opiuo. 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. 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. Their songs have been played by Skream and Benga, MistaJam and Annie Nightingale among others, and they completed a Daily Dose: OWSLA After Dark mix for MistaJam.
On 22 October 2013, the duo's collaboration EP with Asa, Sanctuary, was released through OWSLA and Inspected. This was considered to be another turning point in their production, where they began to incorporate more orchestral, organic and ethereal elements in their music, as well as releasing various tracks that sounded almost completely acoustic.
Their fifth release, Forgotten Myths, was released in 2015 through Culprate's Open Outlets label and Shoshin.
Their sixth release, a full-length album titled Polychrome, was announced on 1 November 2018 and released on 7 December 2018.
|Max Out||Inspected Records|
|2012||The Adventures of Mr. Fox||OWSLA|
|2013||Sanctuary (with Asa)||OWSLA / Inspected Records|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|The A Team||Ed Sheeran|
|Deal With It||Kill The Noise|
|2012||Days Are Forgotten||Kasabian|
|Green and Blue||Neil Davidge|
|Vengeance Rhythm||Two Fingers|
|2014||Life (featuring Gift of Gab and Syreneiscreamy)||Opiuo|
- "Bristol to Bombay: an interview with Koan Sound".
- "Koan Sound interview on Low Life".
- "Koan Sound". OWSLA.
- "BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show – Nick Grimshaw". YouTube. 14 September 2012.
- "BBC – Music – KOAN Sound". BBC Radio 1. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
- "MistaJam, Childish Gambino joins MistaJam, KOAN Sound deliver your Daily Dose". BBC Radio 1Xtra. 11 November 2013.
- "KOAN Sound". Inspected. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
- "OWSLA Koan Sound & Asa - Sanctuary EP". OWSLA. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
- "KOAN Sound and Asa release breathtaking 'Sanctuary' EP - Dancing Astronaut". Dancing Astronaut. 2013-10-22. Retrieved 2018-11-08.
- "Dynasty: Koan Sound". OWSLA. 1 April 2014.
- "Independent Singles Breakers Top 20 Archive". Official Charts Company. 12 April 2014.
- "KOAN Sound announce their return with new LP, 'Polychrome' - Dancing Astronaut". Dancing Astronaut. 2018-11-04. Retrieved 2018-11-08.