Coyote Kisses – Thundercolor (EP) (SoMeta Records)
Comprised of two lifelong friends from Lakeland, Florida, electronic/dance duo, Coyote Kisses have achieved a hell of a lot in their relatively short existence.
Their first success came with the song “Acid Wolfpack“, which hit #1 on HypeMachine upon its release. The duo were soon after tapped by Interscope Records to remix Carly Rae Jepsen’s #1 hit, “Call Me Maybe” before going on to win the Mad Decent “Titan” remix contest in the fall of 2012.
Not impressed yet? Coyote Kisses then won the popular vote in OWSLA‘s “Days to Come” Beatport contest, beating out roughly 1400 other entries. Seemingly everyone from Deadmau5 to Crystal Method, The Bag Raiders to Baauer, Diplo to Ronald Jenkees have praised the duo’s work.
Last week, Coyote Kisses released their sophomore EP, ‘Thundercolor’. The 4-song EP seamlessly combines rock, funk, brobstep, future bass and other influences into a unique electronic concoction. The production is simply stunning and completely blurs the line between electronic and live instrumentation.
‘Thundercolor’ is a mixed bag of sounds and influences. There’s some Justice, Pretty Lights, Kavinsky, The Glitch Mob, even hints of Daft Punk in its innovation, genre-mashing, interesting arrangements, and 80’s flavours all tied up in a tight, cutting-edge production.
The first track “Driving At Night” is a short, atmospheric and colourful electronic number with a soundtrack-y appeal ala Kavinsky. “Stay With You”, is the EP highlight; an immediate electro-pop number with summer accents characterised by its gorgeous female vocal hooks, trance synth lines, and huge brostep beats.
“This is How You Know” is a creative, mid-tempo stomper with a stunning, punchy production. It blends some 80’s pop styling with a modern production and some Daft Punk-esque qualities including the use of vocoder (i.e. “Around The World“). Its complex arrangement is particularly impressive.
“Changing Guard” somehow mixes distorted rock guitar riffs and leads, with rolling piano arpeggios, hand-claps, and organ bends. It’s half-time beat will have you swaying while its 80’s accents will give you a nostalgic glow.
‘Thundercolor’ is an innovative and thoroughly impressive production showcase of the highest calibre – you get the impression these guys are on the verge of something huge.
Listen to “Stay With You” below: