Several labels released their #beatportdecade last week, with varying focus. While some labels took this as an opportunity to focus on specific genres or recent releases, KMS selected a single compilation of 10 tracks which they’ve touted as their top tunes of the past ten years. These tracks represent both the old and new sound of the landmark label; they demonstrate how the sound of techno has evolved over time.
The compilation delivers with some top names kicking us off; the opening tune is Pig & Dan’s “less is more” rework of the classic Inner City tune Good Life, a beautiful update of a track that doesn’t seem to have aged despite the years that have passed.
It then moves on to tracks from New York underground legend Brandon de Carlo, and a Carl Craig remix of the beautiful Till We Meet Again by Inner City. The compilation then moves to focus on some of the newer artists, the next generation of KMS who have really shown their stuff in the past couple of years. Ian O’Donovan’s stellar “Firefly” as well as Bicep’s tune “Vision of Love” are great examples from more recent times, as well as Dantiez Saunderson’s “Red Confession”.
The compilation is rounded out with two excellent tunes, highlighting 3 of the most exciting new KMS artists. John Norman’s 313 sings an ode to the motor city, while P-Ben’s remix of Killed Kasette “You” brings the new Detroit sound.
Overall, a very well-rounded glimpse into where KMS comes from, and more importantly, where it is going.