As members of the ever-developing Pacific Northwest electronic music scene, Natasha Kmeto and Jason Burns have operated in the same general circles for the better part of a year now, but have never appeared on the same track before. That ended today when XLR8R premiered Burns’ remix of Dirty Mind Melt cut “Pleasure Delay”, a swinging cut that splits the difference between low end focused house (a la Dirtybird) and the pop-oriented garage of Disclosure. It’s a treat to have Kmeto’s pristine vocals and Burns’ swinging riddims on the same track. Stream below and download here.
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Last week, Natasha Kmeto let loose the Dirty Mind Melt EP on Portland label Dropping Gems, an eclectic collection of vocal-driven tunes that balance precariously on the precipice of a number of contemporary electronic music genres. We were lucky enough to catch up with Natasha and get the lowdown on the new EP, her favorite “Ableton performers” and her upcoming Sophomore LP. One might expect such a new, yet highly respected artist to feel some pressure going into only her second official release, but Natasha was/is as cool as ever and is ready to take on the world. Plus this girl loves to dance. Read on below to get the inside scoop on a truly inspirational musician…
Hi Natasha, where are you right now?
I’m just chilling in my apartment in Portland.
So you just finished up a little tour of Colorado and California, how did that go?
It was good. I had four flights in five days so it was a little bit brutal for travel, but I had fun.
Despite your traditional musical upbringing, your music is decidedly experimental, what has influenced you to think outside of the box in that respect?
I’ve always been more inspired as a fan—with all forms of art—with art that’s more progressive and trying to break new ground. I think the idea of doing something that’s trying to be different is just exciting for me.
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Dropping Gems queen bee Natasha Kmeto appears to be listening to a lot of early-aughts Yeezy production. With a new DG EP, Dirty Mind Melt, dropping February 19, Kmeto has let loose the chipmunk vocal championing title track for mass consumption. “Dirty Mind Melt” takes a step back from the cerebral vocal arrangements on Kmeto’s debut The Ache EP, opting for The Blueprint-esque pitch shifting and skittering hip hop percussion. While airier than much of The Ache, the track matches heavenly orchestral sections with futuristic effects like the best of her debut LP. Unlike most string section driven beat work, “Dirty Mind Melt” doesn’t fall into the obnoxiously heavy handed category due to Kmeto’s commendable restraint and an expertly informed grasp on layering. Stream below and be on the look out for Dirty Mind Melt next month.