Kissy Sell Out – The Promise (EP) (San City High Records)


A couple of weeks ago we reviewed the title track and lead single from the upcoming Kissy Sell Out  EP, The Promise. Employing the soulful vocals of Holly Lois and throwing in some tasty Todd Edwards-style vocal warping, the EP’s title track and lead single showcased a sleek, 90’s UK garage-flavoured house, displaying a new side to Kissy Sell Out (real name Thomas Bisdee).

Though vastly different to his 2009 synthpop-driven debut album Youth, and 2011’s quirky electro-centric follow up Wild Romance, the Essex producer and DJ is no stranger to dance music’s myriad of sounds and styles having hosted a hugely successful BBC Radio 1 show from 2007–2012 called the Kissy Klub as well as founding San City High Records (home to Zeds Dead among others).

So, it’s with intrigue that we approach the new four-song EP. Kicking things off is the album’s title track, which immediately gets hearts racing with its UK garage vibes with emphasis on pop hooks and the dancefloor in equal measure.

The excellent Control follows and picks up right where the title track left off. Another old-school UK garage flavoured tune powered by driving house-beats and, of course, melodic FM bass grooves and chopped-up vocals. One listen and it’s yours forever.

The EP highlight though belongs to Ecstasy. Beginning with a piano riff that sounds like a sped-up rip of Happy Mondays’ Step On, the track then morphs into a bass music banger. Where the previous two tracks showcase Kissy Sell Out’s pop sensibilities, Ecstasy demonstrates his more creative and adventurous side. The most current-sounding of the four tracks, Ecstasy turns up the energy up further and is choc-full of “wub-wub” sub bass lines complimented by Angie Brown’s stunning and ever soulful vocals, which sound like they have been extracted from house music yesteryears.

Final track Mesmerised, like the title track, again features the excellent Holly Lois on vocals and is begins with straight-up classic house beats before dipping down and allowing Holly’s vocals to build the track. Right on the 90-second mark, the beat drops and away this track runs full speed ahead. Mesmerised fuses elements of the EP’s opening two tracks along with more classic house music trademarks.

You might be hard-pressed to find another EP as energetic as this one – from start to end this thing does not let up!

Flawlessly produced, The Promise is a brilliant little EP with one foot in the past and one foot in the future, and very much the sound of now.

The Promise EP will be released on 19 May, 2014 via San City High Records. Pre-order via iTunes now.

Watch the promo video below:

Listen to the title track below: