South London based musician Klein is an artist who’s neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing and unpinnable producers and performers. Her often playful and restive approach to composition is instantly alluring. Samples of obscure Nigerian B-Movies clatter into jagged beats. Distant piano loops lurk in the haze whilst beguiling vocals fade in and out of the sensory World she has created.
This year has seen the release of her debut album Only, self released online and then on heart shaped diamond USB stick by DIY label Howling Owl Records, and more recently the Lagata EP that has led her to be featured in Dazed and Confused, Wire, and i-D magazine; the latter of which premiered the beautiful Akinola Davies JR directed video for Marks Of Worship – a stunning five minutes piece of murky ambience dominated by a Whatsapp sermon sent from a Nigerian Aunt. You would expect nothing less from Klein.
Following some ear-catching manoeuvres across last year’s releases, which gained her early fans like Bjork, Laurel Halo and Dev Hynes, Tommy marks Klein’s deepest plunge yet into the ‘deep, dark ocean’ of her musical imagination on her Hyperdub debut.
“Klein’s latest EP Lagata is a natural progression from Only, but it takes her sound to the next level as unsettling, hi-def glitches rumble loudly and vocal trills show off her range even more impressively. It’s a vivid work.” – DAZED AND CONFUSED
“Listening to experimental producer and vocalist Klein’s debut album Only is like taking a trip to a destination unknown; her empyreal vocals, her warped ambient sounds and clashing so-wrong, so-right rhythms are the only signposts” – i-D MAGAZINE
“While she may borrow from R&B and pop, Klein’s output has more in common with the abstract impressionism of Jackson Pollock. Such intensity makes Tommy a difficult and even exhausting listen, despite a running time of just 25 minutes. But as Captain Beefheartand the Shaggs have shown in the past—and as Klein demonstrates now—stepping off the musical path that leads to standardized perfection can prove hugely rewarding.” PITCHFORK
“What she accomplishes with her sonic molding — her way of “placing” sounds and melodies together that would be traditionally incompatible — is to express a multitude of emotions simultaneously.” FADER
“Only is feast of urbane imagination, coining a naturally complex, nuanced style of collaged composition that feels something like a more modern, London-based example of Matana Roberts’ travelogues hacked up by Mica Levi and D/P/I, or what might happen if Laurel Halo and Dean Blunt made a record together. Then again, all those analogies slide off just as easily as they’re applied; this is some highly distinguished, instinctively original stuff.” – BOOMKAT
|21/10/17||Klein in Bristol, UK||Simple Things Festival|
|10/11/17||Klein in Utrecht, NL||Le Guess Who|