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February 2014 saw a relatively nascent FKOF Records celebrate its 5th month with FKOFd005 - an EP that's gone on to become one of our most popular (it's actually our most streamed release with ~500k plays). I've waited almost 8 years to work with either artist in the duo who built that release, but the wait's finally over.

FKOFd053 is the return of Si Nanobyte to the FKOF family, under a new alias and with a new co-producer. Si and Ry are Konessi, and this is their second outing with material under that name. The debut dropped with our friends at Kokeshi last year, and if you've not checked the sumptuous 'Mr Shadow EP', please stop what you're doing and go do that first.

This release also sees us do things a little differently. It's been a labour of love for all involved, and so we all wanted to suitably mark the occasion. This is the first five track EP we've done with FKOFd, it's not all at 140bpm and we've got a video for the EP's first track, 'SOPHIA'. You can read about the video and the incredible team behind it on the FKOF website. Oh, and this isn't the last material you'll hear from Konessi on FKOF Records. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.

'SOPHIA' sets the tone of what to expect from the five tracks. Autumn sunlight through the forest canopy, 3am peak vibes with friends on the dance floor and that warm embrace of a good sub. 'SHIVA' steps things up a notch and is all stuttering samples, keys and vocals. Evocative stuff. 'KAMBO' is a bit more lowkey, but equally as emotional. It's as close as we get to a roller on the release with its percussive frameworks and meditative framing. Track four, 'SUTRA', is a good example of what to expect from a Konessi live show (yep, that's coming too) - crescendoing experiences that are as equally powerful on a sound system as they are enjoyed solo on an empty road. We close with 'UNION', smoky 'Untrue'-esque spaces that still give me goosebumps 6mo after first listen.

As you can probably tell, this release holds a unique place in the FKOF Records catalogue for me. It feels like the start of something with these two musicians, something the team and I are all pretty stoked on. I hope you see that something special too!


released November 5, 2021

All tracks written and produced by S. Horne & R. Edwards




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