Kill Paris started hitting the blogs for real in 2012. His tender electro-soul-funkified jams struck a chord with fans all over the states and he parlayed that’d into a deal with OWSLA. The keytar-sporting producer released his first EP with Skrillex’s crew when he dropped To A New Earth in February 2013. Now he comes back now with his latest, Foreplay.
The first track, “Float,” is signified by instrumental arrangement, trap drums, big wailing hard rock-inspired synths and keys, and a soulful tenderness akin to the substantive tales of teen love and infatuation as typified by 1980s Cameron Crowe films that inspired a generation – this sort of spirit flows through this arrangement like one might “Float” through the stages of infatuation. That said, the track’s twanging melodies and stretched-out riffs suggest a bluesy maturation and tenderness that most future funk just doesn’t have these days. The narrative continues naturally with “The Walk” as KP brings a funky, walking bassline to this and the melodies just strut out in front like one might head for their crush without fear of rejection or failure. It’s funky and unstoppable, but not without it’s warbles. The third track is a remix featuring regular KP vocal collaborators Alma and MontyCold and fellow producer Bee’s Knees, and this works on a few levels. The first level is that yes, musically it fits with the rest of the EP. On a deeper and wider level, conceptually it also works as Kill Paris’ decision to not only bring in a male and female singer brings the audience to certain ideals, but working with another producer and calling it a remix drives the message of “never giving up on romance and foreplay” home. The final track, “Silence of Heartbreak,” is sure to be an anthem in bedrooms this spring and summer as couples break off their winter cuffings and it perfectly rounds out the EP.
So while the concept behind Foreplay is certainly obvious and base on one level, the true significance is perhaps lost on a generation who at this point seems more interested in twerking then waltzing. A generation more interested in Tindering then dating. And while I’m just one individual listening to and trying to make sense of one artist’s collective efforts, Kill Paris seems to be one side of this as he brings a sense of romance back to the dancefloor with his innocent yet wisely and executed accessible keytar rockin four-track EP. All together, the EP is a delight for those who love the Pretty Lights-inspired future funk sound and those open to trying new things. Monty Cold’s lyrics on the final track perfectly sums up the polarizing nature of this EP: “you and I could never be friends, you and I were born to be lovers.”