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IMAGE Kodomo WORDS Emma Laurenson

‘Child has taken the conventional rules of electric and trip hop music, sprinkled his own artistic flurry’


n a business where electro has been and gone, it’s refreshing to come across an artist with all the synth beats required to fill the genre’s boots. Chris Child recently released his eagerlyanticipated debut album, ‘Frozen In Motion’, with much critical acclaim. The debut single, ‘Decoder’, was first to grace my ears. An almost Oriental synth opens, slowly being whipped into a more coated and melodious beat. The avant-garde song sees Child provide counterpoints and accents at the right parts building to what is like a heated conversation between each mid-tempo part. The cross rhythms really make this track stand out. Not unlike a missed gem from early Groove Armada cutting room floor, Child has taken the conventional rules of electric and trip hop music, sprinkled his own artistic flurry and tagged it as his own. ‘Disappearing Light’ is only 1:50 but definitely one to have on loop when you’re looking to drift off. The breezy and relaxing track makes me think of crashing waves on a moon-lit beach. It’s less busy than others previewed from

the album but I find this further proves the wide scope of musical concepts Child has managed to explore for the record. Title track ‘Frozen in Motion’ is definitely my favourite thus far. A much more upbeat track, the distorted beat sets the tone for the entire song. With Child’s trademark layers at times sounding more like a haunting choir singing alongside, it managed to use sound versus imagination to create a more relaxing atmosphere and mood. The June release of ‘Frozen in Motion’ will come with a 12-page PDF booklet featuring artwork by Bran Graf. Kodomo’s debut video for ‘Drift’ is also available to view on youtube (or below) while single ‘Decoder’ is available to buy on iTunes. Chris Child is definitely a talented guy on both the music front and his ability to singlehandedly chase, create and promote this album. In an industry where mainstream tends to stray from unconventional music, he has brazen disregard for this, instead fore-fronting his own project and clearly spending a lot of spare time spreading word about something he is so passionate about. It’s this belief that can be heard through his tracks and I, for one, can’t wait for the album release.

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