Boomkat Product Review:
Livity Sound’s Kowton delivers a long-awaited and dead solid debut LP of mongrel UK techno & bass deviations.
Utility arrives best part of a decade since his 1st emissions on Mindset and Keysound with a trimmer, focussed, and distinctly individual distillation of NYC and Berlin techno, UK grime, tribal percussion and industrial dub that tastes like more than the sum of its ingredients.
As you might expect, it largely feels cold, rugged and spare, with flashes of melancholic, synthetic warmth to save his imagined ‘floor from bouts of despair whilst maintaining a dread resolve.
From the nerve-pinched, offset techno axis of Balance to the jerky, skeletal syncopation of Bubbling Under and the simmering panic onset and almost-lush pads of Shots Fired, he perfectly isolates and teases a nervous, raving energy and stoic, ice-cold resolve that’s indigenous and crucial to UK dancefloors.