by Dave Segal
on Thu, Oct 18, 2012 at 1:44 PM
Seattle producer Kid Smpl (aka Joey Butler) will release his debut album Skylight Nov. 12 on Alex Ruder's Hush Hush label (yay for the double vinyl). You can stream/download the nocturnal, preternaturally beatific slow jam "But I Don't" off of it below. Goosebump-shiver/neck-hair-raising music for the win.
Press release after the jump.
Seattle's night bus wunderkid Kid Smpl announces his debut full length Skylight on XLR8R
Skylight out digitally & 2xLP November 12 on Hush Hush
Kid Smpl is the alias of 22-year-old Seattle producer Joey Butler. A veteran of stage and studio, Butler has been busy developing a style of atmospheric bass music that continues to deepen with each release. His sound incorporates lush synths, meditative low-end, muffled vocal samples, and warm textural field recordings, punctuated by drums that straddle all parts of the tempo spectrum. The sounds are spread across a canvas made wide with breathing room. Briefly put, it evokes the introspection of a far-flung space colony’s forest terrarium, late into the evening, alone or with close company.
Summer 2012 has proved pivotal for Butler. Things began auspiciously with his induction to the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy. He then unveiled the Escape Pod EP, the inaugural release on nocturnally-inclined Hush Hush Records, a newly-conceived label run by KEXP DJ Alex Ruder. The EP material was morphed into exciting new territory courtesy of an international roster of fellow up-and-coming artists on the subsequent remix collection Dope Pac SE. The busy season wrapped up with a pair of hotly-tipped, heart-breaking bootleg remixes of Lianne La Havas and Jhene Aiko, and two performances at the 2012 Decibel Festival, including a packed live set for the Beat Prodigies Showcase.
With the fall season and its increasingly darker days upon us, Kid Smpl is now ready to put his unique vision on full display with his debut album Skylight. From the opening tones of "Distanced," Skylight presents itself as a complete immersion into an emotional spectrum rarely captured in electronic music, a beautifully woven landscape of hazy futuristic melancholy. Otherworldly yet grounded, spacious yet busy, dark yet hopeful, Skylight is primed to deliver the full Kid Smpl experience to expectant audiences worldwide
Kid Smpl - Skylight (HH003) 01. Distanced 02. Static 03. Guardian 04. Nearing 05. But I Don't 06. Escape Pod 07. I Think It's Gone 08. Star Ocean 09. Promise 10. It Changed 11. Cura 12. We Fled 13. Left There
"Kid Smpl has carved out a space for himself as a producer that doesn’t seem especially interested in empty space. Even in his quietest moments, there’s a whoosh of air or anambient hum. It’s busy music, but it’s also calming." - The FADER
"[Joey] Butler’s latest EP Escape Pod...still manages to offer more than enough to expose some real and distinct talent that is very much capable of standing on its own feet." - No Fear Of Pop