If you haven’t already heard, he quietly released one of the finest and most original electronic albums of 2009 – ‘Tied up to Machines’.
Though it didn’t get anywhere near the amount of recognition it should have done, the album remains essential listening for anyone with even a passing interest in bleeps and beats. Full of glitchy IDM and skittish rhythms, ‘Tied up to Machines’ recalls moments of Plaid and Aphex at their most playful with an underlying dose of Skam-esque weird hop, whilst a coherent musical narrative somehow gels everything together.
"Tied Up To Machines is a fun and enjoyable mini-album of Electro Pop tunes that achieves its objective - wrestling with the IDM concept minus the pretention" (8/10) [FutureMusic Magazine FM217]
Chris Weeks returns once again as Kingbastard, with a stunning new Mini-Album that has style, melody and deft production skills in abundance, delivering a sound that’s exciting, fresh and at times mind boggling; Crunchy electronics and mature quirky synthpop melodies are expertly woven together with glitchy flashbacks to the 80's. Comparisons have been made with contemporary artists such as: Plaid, Aphex Twin, Prefuse 73 & Mouse On Mars. [Herb]
So, what makes him stand out from the IT crowd? An abundance of melody and charm, since you ask. Chris has a knack for producing fascinating, complex melodies, the likes of which simply haven't been heard for way too long. This is electronic music rich with emotion and intelligence. [Clash Magazine]
"The EP's opener “Boombox” is an epic, prime-time mover that would remain ear-catching in either context, while “F47G4M3R” perpetuates Kingbastard's penchant for zesty melodicism. The equally titled-challenged “4M813N7RK” provides a delicate, church-like ambient interlude, after which Weeks unashamedly declares his love for all things mechanical in the funky stepper “THE SECRET LIFE OF MACHINES” where factory noises collide with rapturously churning rhythms and synth melodies. “SAY WHEN” ends the set with a dizzying mix of jaunty beats, turntable scratching, sing-song vocals, and assorted other madness." [Textura Magazine]
Released by www.herbrecordings.com
released 27 April 2009