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Kotchy - 89
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Kotchy

89

Civil Music

Released: 27th April 2009 | 16 track leftfield/idm album

The debut artist album from hotly tipped Kotchy is here and it's living upto all expectations. Now is the time for '89'.

Kotchy is without doubt a pretty unique presence in today's sonic spectrum. His music is hard to categorise, in fact he touches on so many different styles throughout the 16 tracks on '89' that it's understandable why he's being filed alongside the musical geniuses of Prince, Pharrell and Beck, it's not that he's necessarily reached their heady heights yet, but like them he's not scared to break the boundaries of what pop music can be. Born in Indianapolis but based in Brooklyn, New York, Kotchy (aka Chad Curlow) is a man who's being playing his trade for a number of years, although very much a newcomer as a solo artist it's his past working as a well-travelled musician that has armed him so well. As a drummer and producer, Kotchy has worked with some of the finest names in New York's hip-hop underground as well as playing in revered NY bands The Epochs, White Tiger and Violet with members of Fischerspooner, Rufus Wainright, Joan As Police Woman and Polyphonic Spree. Where Curlow has always been used on a percussive level in other bands, as Kotchy he's been able to explore melody with other instruments (he plays nearly everything you hear on '89') and discover his distinctive hushed-style vocals that feature throughout.

An album in the truest sense, it's cleverly constructed to be more than just a collection of songs, it will take more than a couple of listens to notice everything that's brilliant about this album but you will come away wanting more after just one play. Stand out tracks such as 'Falling In Love', 'Check Out My Keychain', 'She Made It Easy', 'Sing What You Want', 'One For The Money' and 'A Superstar'supply the backbone for the rest of the album, acting as a spine where Kotchy can venture off in one direction and return from another. There's no denying he makes it all sound easy, whether it's a quirky instrumental or the Timberlake-style soul pop,there's a thread running throughout that joins it all together and puts everything in context. Lyrically, his sense of humor shines through. On 'A Superstar', Kotchy suggests, Strip for me baby, and I'll do it too and in 'Falling In Love', he questions, I don't want to hurry and stress you, but you don't seem to mind. Relationships and American culture are prominent themes lyrically and musically throughout '89', cutting a diverse array of samples and synths into a fantastic debut release.

Look out for his Le Passion Yo! (EP) with Yo Majesty's Shunda K coming soon, along with collabs with Starkey, 215 TFK and XXXchange plus his remixes for Empire of The Sun, Tricky and Fischerspooner. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy '89' - it's more than just a number.

NME: Meet the angst-ridden anti-Pharrell. He's been making like Prince with a hard-on for the static-swathed glitch-pop that Flying Lotus made cool in '08.

MIXMAG: Club-savvy Timberlake-like soul pop.

INDEPENDENT:There are increasing signs, especially on the New York fringes where rock, rap and electro merge, that dance music is diversifying. Brooklyn hipster Kotchy's quirky blend of house, hip-hop and rock are currently earning him comparisons with Pharrell.

"Club-savvy Timberlake-like soul pop."
Mixmag, Mixmag
"Meet the angst-ridden anti-Pharrell. He's been making like Prince with a hard-on for the static-swathed glitch-pop that Flying Lotus made cool in '08"
NME, NME
"There are increasing signs, especially on the New York fringes where rock, rap and electro merge, that dance music is diversifying. Brooklyn hipster Kotchy'¼s quirky blend of house, hip-hop and rock are currently earning him comparisons with Pharrell"
The Independent, The Independent
"Using a blend of electronic and acoustic instruments to bring an intelligent, deconstructive, dub-conscious focus to dance music"
The Guardian, The Guardian
"About To Blow up!"
Notion, Notion
"This could become a cult classic. its done brilliantly"
Tom Findlay, Groove Armada
"Kothcy is a one man boundary-less pop artist who's debut LP follows a string of highly praised EPs and (including one with Yo Majesty's Shunda K) and guest performances alongside Fischerspooner, Rufus Wainwright and Joan as Policewoman"
Dazed & Confused, Dazed & Confused
"4/5 Kotchy is a chameleon come troubadour, drawing on a similar palette to Big Apple peers Gang Gang Dance. 89 makes big bold strokes through RnB, funk, punk-funk, dark-disco, folk and electronica - all topped with cheeky blue eyed crooner soul. Kotchy is a disorienting musical jack in the box and each of his tracks contain genuine surprises, and who doesn't like surprises!"
DJ Mag, DJ Mag
"4/5 Review -Since Jamie Liddell ditched electronics for MoR soul dance music has been crying out for an all singing button pushing maverick. Step forward Brooklyn's Kotchy who brings myriad instruments into effervescent mix."
The Independent, The Independent
"Sexy 21st Century pseudo RnB thats been sealed with a fizz. Kotchy has carved a unique niche as Justin Timberlakes nerdy brother with a bag full of Warp Records with the production skills to make such an unlikely recipe work!"
BBC Music Review, BBC Music Review