Matt Relton continues to evolve under his Kidnap alias as he gifts us with another thoughtful and emotive production via his respected imprint, Birds That Fly. True to form, the Sheffield producer delivers a sublime track that is a reflection of his unique and intelligent sound.
“Ursa Minor is the outcome of a recommitment to the process of evolution. One which for a time was laid down. It is an ode to distant orbits and a call for adulation. A nudging reminder to revere our lives lived as they are, hanging amongst the stars.” Kidnap
Also the name for a constellation of stars visible in the Northern Sky, Ursa Minor takes the listener on a deep and moving journey. Opening with a flurry of cosmic arpeggios, the production is as dreamy as it is cinematic. The use of delicate percussion and glistening synths will leave you in a state of deep wonderment.
Kidnap has come a long way since he first came to the public’s attention in 2012, winning iTunes Best Electronic Track for Vehl. In 2016 he launched his own label, Birds That Fly, in a bid to create a platform where he could release music whilst retaining complete artistic freedom. Last year was a turning point in both Relton’s career and personal life. He dropped the ‘Kid’ from his name and began releasing under Kidnap, a nod towards his musical growth. This year has already seen Relton play a sold-out EP launch in London as well as a string of events across the US. 2018 will also see Relton take on the role as an ambassador for the popular “Corona Sunset Series”. The events take place across the globe in stunning locations and aim to reflect the nostalgic summer sounds and emotions that Kidnap’s music evokes.
Kidnap’s new EP is a melodic exploration of personal growth. ‘Aurora’ is a polished, emotive track with nostalgic trance flavours, warm synths and a resolute energy.
Brokenhearted: Overwhelmed by grief or disappointment.
When words fail, music has the ability to depict the deepest of human emotions and once again Kidnap Kid uses his signature emotive and sophisticated production to do just that. He returns to Birds That Fly, the label he founded less than a year ago with ‘Brokenhearted’ an EP containing two original tracks.
“Brokenhearted is a reaction to the immense sadness in the world. My way of processing endless tragedy and distant despair. Mist, on the other hand, is a more hopeful response; a faraway light at the end of the tunnel” Kidnap Kid
Musicians have been making music about love and heartbreak for hundreds of years and Kidnap Kid’s statement on the eternally relevant topic starts with ‘Broken Hearted’, a track that taps into the memory vaults. Next up is ‘Mist’ whose simple melody is layered over intricate sounds to create an immensely absorbing track. Pulling away from his peers, Kidnap Kid undoubtedly has carved his own distinct sound and with his latest EP he is cementing his status as an artist that is continually growing and evolving.
The start of 2016 saw Kidnap Kid launch his Birds That Fly imprint as a platform for his own music as well as a means to support like minded producers, such as Applebottom and Amtrac, both releasing on the label with great success. The label’s debut release was from Kidnap Kid himself and ‘Moments’ was met with such high acclaim it collectively reached 10 million streams, 1.3 million of those coming from Spotify and subsequently made the Spotify chart in over 10 countries. It was championed by several Radio 1 DJs and was the closing record for many, including Maceo Plex who closed his set at CRSSD festival with the track.
This November sees Kidnap Kid undergo his Birds That Fly Records USA Tour alongside Amtrac and also headline a gig with Tim Green at The Mangle in London.
Birds That Fly USA Tour 2016 dates. Featuring Kidnap Kid and Amtrac
Nov 9th Brooklyn – Output
Nov 10th Sacramento – Badlands
Nov 11th San Fransisco – Audio
Nov 12th Austin – Ethics Music Lounge
Nov 17th Orlando – The Funktion
Nov 18th Reno – Cargo
Nov 19th Santa Barbara – Eos Lounge
Kidnap Kid recently launched his new label Birds That Fly with the anthemic Moments EP, clocking up over a million plays in the past month and reaching #2 on Hypemachine.
Featuring 20 year old BBC Introducing star Leo Stannard (Black Butter), the track now sees a rework from Norwegian star Finnebassen.
Catapulted to fame by releases on Noir music, Finnebassen has since been asked to remix for Parachute Youth on Warner and become a regular on BBC Radio 1 playlists.
Earlier this month Kidnap Kid launched his new label Birds That Fly with Moments EP. Below you can watch the official video for “Moments” featuring Leo Stannard.
‘After releasing on a number of great labels over the past few years, I’m excited to have one to call my own. Birds That Fly was born of the need for a home that felt in harmony with my musical aesthetic. I’m looking forward to releasing the music I love over the years to come.‘ – Kidnap Kid
26/2/2016 – Church Basement, Denver, USA
28/2/2016 – EDC Mexico. Mexico City, Mexico
3/3/2016 – Hi-Fi. Calgary, Canada
4/3/2016 – Evergreen. Portland, USA
5/3/2016 – Love + Propaganda. San Francisco, USA
6/3/2016 – CRSSD Festival. San Diego, USA
16/3/2016 – Black Butter at WMC. Miami, USA
19/3/2016 – Crosstown Rebels ‘Get Lost’. Miami, USA
24/3/2016 – Red Light. Dallas, USA
25/3/2016 – Bang Bang, San Diego, USA
26/3/2016 – Sound (headline). LA, USA
Kidnap Kid kickstarts his new label with an anthemic and emotive production that is arguably his best to date. ‘Birds That Fly’ is an indelible cut that’s timeless in nature. It’s accelerated by an equally moving and slick production, ‘Moments’ feat Leo Stannard, a captivating classic in original form as well as the paired instrumental mix.
‘After releasing on a number of great labels over the past few years, I’m excited to have one to call my own. Birds That Fly was born of the need for a home that felt in harmony with my musical aesthetic. I’m looking forward to releasing the music I love over the years to come.’ – Kidnap Kid
Kidnap Kid’s versatility is what shines here. Treading a winding path, he originally made his home on the Black Butter label, but has since spread his wings to encompass a more underground aesthetic. This journey has led to the conception of Birds That Fly, a home for his own and other likeminded producers and a platform that will no doubt be a compelling force in the coming months. The vocals on ‘Moments’ belong to singer and songwriter Leo Stannard, who at only 20 years old is also part of the Black Butter family, and was recently supported by BBC Introducing.