Despite an abrasively meta online persona, 5kinAndBone5 have a penchant for crafting delicate, grounded dance tracks. The SF/LA based duo originally set out to produce for MCs, but have morphed into one of the most adaptable, innovative acts in North American bass music. Last time we were with 5kinAndBone5, they were making revivalist garage music, but it seems as if they’ve moved into the world of techno, or “Virtual Detroit” as they call it. While “Forest Nymphs” is a techno track, it has the funky feeling of classic Chicago house and is far warmer than most of the Berlin-centric techno being produced these days. This is techno for people who hate techno, more relaxed and less clomping than the standard fare. Stream “Forest Nymphs” below.
I wasn’t around to witness the heyday of UK Garage. Well I was, but I was far more interested in baseball cards than British dance music. That means I wasn’t around for its subsequent devolution into bland pop music. I maintain a veil of ignorance regarding the relative shortcomings of the genre. So when I hear that a song described as “gauzy UK garage revivalism”, I more or less take for granted that the statement is factual. That’s exactly how FACT just described California’s own 5kinandbone5’s newest effort. The internet savvy duo’s “Do You Really Know Me?” is a silky piece of 2-step highlighted by oh so silky vocals. Always impressive to see an artist advance into uncharted territory with the authority that 5kinandbone5 have taken on UKG. Stream and download below.