Album Review: Blackboard | Klubknight

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They describe their sound as late night bass and experimental synthesis, but Blackboard, the latest release from Gold Coast electro duo Klubknight, adds a more mature, sexy and accessible sound to their catalogue, packed to the brim with remix-ready tracks for DJs looking to fill dance floors.

The six track EP slithers to an open with Dark Rooms, featuring the sample of a news anchor mentioning tension between Ukraine and Russia. Building to the band’s signature dark and thumping techno, heavy metal influences can be heard on the aptly titled track, over chaotic synth squeals. With the relentless driving beats we’ve come to expect from Klubknight, Dark Rooms proves just how far the band has come since their first EP, From The Whiteboard, last year.

Blackboard’s first single, White Lines, is another standout – and according to the boys, one of the most popular tracks so far – as voted by feet on dance floors around the state. It comes complete with a great new video in keeping with the track’s throwback to 90’s techno, which you can check out on YouTube.

My favourite track – on repeat since my pre-release sneak peek – is Ephadream. Fuelled by the grimy, illicit side of late night culture, it features a reinterpretation of Frank Sinatra’s My Way, reverberating menacingly over addictive synth hooks and hypnotic bass. With a climatic resolution that could easily be a big EDM festival set closer, Ephadream is reminiscent (IMHO) of epic 90s electronica dance greats like Faithless.

Knowing the boys socially has revealed Ephadream is a musical middle finger to the feedback following From The Whiteboard, “Too much of this, too little of that,” says Chris Lamaro. As a result, Ephadream is a new revelatory encapsulation of the essence of Klubknight, “We do exactly what we want to do, how we want to do it,” says Chris. And they’re not going to do lines on the blackboard in apology any time soon. Not if their synths have anything to say about it.

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