The return of KOAN Sound has been three years in the making. After releasing their debut album in 2015, the Bristol, UK-based duo proved they were among the most technically-skilled in electronic music right out of the gate. With influences from Massive Attack and Portishead, they quickly gained the attention of Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint and became known for helping craft the left-field bass scene that, at the time, was entering into the dance music mainstream.

Now, after years of radio silence, KOAN Sound returns with an eleven track work in their Polychrome LP, released on their own imprint, Sloshin Records. The bass music masterminds explore soundscapes that are glitchy, atmospheric, and moody while pulling in a range of sub-genres and playing with multiple tempos. From the piano melodies in the album’s leading track, “Cobalt,” to the DnB beat work in “Chilli Daddy,” to the crystal clear drip-drop FX of “Hustle Hammer” and “The Zulla,” KOAN Sound proves just why the three-year-long wait was worth it.

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Written by Ryan Morse

I'm probably listening to Bassnectar.