A budding forest softly echoes in the distance as rhythmic vocal loops and reverbed pads slowly evolve. Bass floods in and pulsates in odd syncopation while high-pitched calls ring out, signalling something grandiose and optimistic to come.
‘Pacify’ sets the scene – the opening track from Kauf’s forthcoming album ‘Regrowth’. A minute in, it bursts into life with fluttering bells and textures that fill the song to the brim, and the first lines emerge,”You’re carving soft what you don’t need, can I give you a hand?”
The song is a lament on lost opportunities for closeness, but also an offering of help -the outside voice which forges a path that is unseen or feels forbidden. ‘Regrowth’ will be released in early 2017.
After the success of the previous singles ‘Through The Yard’, ‘A Ruin’ and ‘Key To Life’ all making the HypeM Top 10 including a #1, and an LA residency @ The Echo with support from artists like Your Friend, Clara-Nova, and Vōx, Kauf is set for a promising year ahead. Watch out for remixes of ‘Pacify’ from The Big Pink and Jeffrey Brodsky to follow.
As a bonus, check out Kauf’s remix for Grapell’s Arrow, out now Roll Call Records and Strangers Candy.
‘Key To Life‘ is the third track released from Kauf’s forthcoming debut album ‘Regrowth’, which topped the HypeMachine charts on its week of release. Again it takes on difficult relationships and spins it into a whirling dervish of emotions and introspection that are encased in lush melodies and aural textures.
The Ambassadeurs (UK) widescreen and majestic take, draws on the original groove and propelsthe song gently onto the dancefloor. It seems almost a given that this song will be the soundtrack to many sunsets and sunrises.
In the final stretch of ‘Key to Life’, the third introspective peek at Kauf’s forthcoming debut album ‘Regrowth,’ a meditative bamboo flute motif evolves into the central question regarding the power of threatening words on a young mind, when the lyrics, “Warn me you had the key to life” emerge.
Jangly guitar forms the prominent melodic element – a driving force sparingly laid out over an almost tribal, half-time rhythm constructed mostly of hand percussion and a full, electronic bass drum that reaches deep into the body. It’s a somewhat alien setting filled with multi-layered vocal abstractions evoking feelings of isolation, where bewildering experiences must be normalized to survive, until the song explodes with new, invigorating aural textures and old “truths” dissolve like a handful of salt in a wide ocean.
After the success of the previous singles ‘Through The Yard’ and ‘A Ruin’, both making the HypeM Top 10 and being featured extensively on BBC Radio 1 & KCRW,and an LA residency @ The Echo with support from artists like Your Friend, Clara-Nova, and Vōx, Kauf is set for a promising year ahead. Watch out for a remix of ‘Key to Life’ from the UK’s Ambassadeurs to follow.
Response to both singles from Kauf’s forthcoming debut album ‘Regrowth’ has been excellent, with support from BBC Radio 1, KCRW,KEXP, Thump, XLR8R and many more.
In the week of release for ‘A Ruin,’Kauf topped the Hype Machine’s ‘Most Blogged Artist’ chart with 19 posts. Friday, 10th of June, sees the release of Blue Hawaii’ stake on ‘A Ruin’ via Kauf’s own One Half label.
Keep an eye out for the Man Power remix coming soon too. It will be available on Friday on all online retailers and streaming services, but can be downloaded for free until then on Kauf’s Bandcamp.
If you’ve ever needed a soundtrack to your existential crisis, Kauf has made exactly that. Who hasn’t pondered the existence of God or the meaning of life while going full-throttle on the dancefloor. Kauf has achieved the nearly impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically complex. There just aren’t that many records that can work in a DJ set and also explore emotional conflicts with your family and society at large.
The project of Ronald Kaufman, Kauf took shape after moving back to his birthplace of Los Angeles. He self-released his first single in 2011 –“Relocate” b/w “When You’re Out,” which quickly found its way into the hands of Dan Whitford of Cut Copy who released the “As Much Again” EP on his own Cutters Records.
His debut album ‘Regrowth’ is out later in the year, but before that he’ll be releasing a few more tracks alongside equally staggering remixes from some of the electronic worlds greatest underground talents. Look out for more original tracks and remixes coming soon….
After spending 2 years together, he can’t extract a positive -the mournful climax repeatedlydeclaring, “You won’t last,” over a noisy bed of arpeggios and swirling chords.
‘A Ruin’,the second release from Kauf’s forthcoming LP Regrowth,is the clear-eyed view of a distant, failed romance. A winding two-minute intro of legato bass guitar, stuttery rhythms and narcotic, detuned synths sets the scene for that crystallization of imminent demise. The facade has withered with time, revealing an impossibly feeble structure beneath.
Free download for the first month via ‘name your price’ on Kauf’s bandcamp page.
Following a masterful take on the first single ‘Through the Yard’ by Fort Romeau, released last month via Permanent Vacation, look out for remixes from Blue Hawaii and Man Powerto follow ‘A Ruin’ shortly.
Response to ‘Through The Yard’, the first single from Kauf’s debut album ‘ReGrowth’ has been excellent, with features on BBC 6 Music, KCRW, Insomniac, Acid Stag, LA Buzzbands and many more. Friday, 29th April, see’s the release of the Fort Romeau remix of ‘Through The Yard’ via Permanent Vacation, available on 12” vinyl and all good online retailers:
Fort Romeau has been making waves for a while with his “discotheque music from London” with releases on Ghostly / Spectral, Live At Robert Johnson & 100% Silk … he gives the track a dancefloor rework that stays true to the original but leads it further into the realm of the late night / early morning revelry…
With his original productions Kauf has achieved that nearly impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep. There just aren’t that many records that work in the club and also explore the emotional conflicts and internal struggles that life poses.
His debut album ‘ReGrowth’ is out in August, but before that he’ll be releasing a few more tracks alongside equally staggering remixes from some of the electronic worlds greatest underground talents. Look out for ‘A Ruin’ coming soon with remixes from Man Power and Blue Hawaii….
British band The Big Pink commence their North American tour this week and to coincide have released “Empire Underground” The Remixes, which features remixes by Elliphant, Aquilo, Kauf and Jamie Hince(The Kills).
Check out Kauf’s hypnotic take on Beautiful Criminal here:
With his original productions Kauf has achieved that nearly impossible feat of making dance music that is also song led and lyrically deep. There just aren’t that many records that work in the club and also explores the emotional conflicts and internal struggles that life poses. Having previously remixed Poliça, Public Service Broadcasting and more, his remixes draw from a similar vein. Often identifying with a specific mood of the original piece and then distilling that down intoits essence. Mesmerising and meditative. Thistake on Beautiful Criminal is a prime example of this talent. With his debut album ‘ReGrowth’ out in August, response to the first single ‘Through The Yard’ has been excellent. Friday the 29th April see’s the release of the Fort Romeau remix of ‘Through The Yard’ via Permanent Vacation.
Kauf shares brand new track “Through The Yard” today which premiered on-air with KCRW on Morning Becomes Eclectic with Jason Bentley. KCRW DJ Eric J. Lawrence wrote about the track for the KCRW blog:
“Kauf makes his full-length debut later this year with a record to be called Regrowth. Our first taste from it is the album’s closing cut, “Through the Yard,” which once again displays Kauf’s personal touch, with an affecting vocal set to an open-ended, worldbeat-flavored backdrop.”
You can download the track now via BandCamp, it will be available as a name-your-price download for a full month. It will be availiable on Spotify, iTunes / Apple Music and other streaming services on March 11.
London electronic duo Labyrinth Ear have recently announced that their debut album ‘The Orchid Room‘ will be released on September 22nd 2014. They will also release a deluxe edition of the album in the UK on the same day with exclusive new tracks, including LA producer Kauf‘s euphoric remix of lead single ‘Lorna‘.
They have just revealed the beautifully shot new video for album highlight ‘Marble Eyes’, which teams mysteriously eerie, fairy-tale imagery with the band’s hazy blend of electronic pop. Check it out below.