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Guest Reviewer: Kry Wolf

Reported by Sam TID on April 11, 2013

Over the past few years Kry Wolf have consistently been pushing the house scene along the South coast and helping the scene to grow, all the while releasing some seriously good tunes and building their own imprints.

We thought we'd catch up with them after their latest release on Food Music which they run with Shadow Child and ahead of their gig with Benga at Speakerbox. 

Thanks very much for taking the time out to speak to us! Can you tell the readers where you are in the world today and what you’ve been up to over the last 7 days?

Sat in the studio working on our first Daily Dose mix for Mistajam’s show on 1Xtra. The last seven days have mostly been working on new tracks and a couple of remixes too.

Guys could you tell us a little bit about yourselves, how you both started producing and DJing and how you joined forces to form Kry Wolf?

We met when I was at uni at Portsmouth (Lewis’s home town) and started messing about with some ideas for some tracks…bootlegs mostly I think. We did a few back to back sets and kept working on tracks and it went from there really. 

You’ve already had a busy start to 2013 with The Flood EP being released on Food Music, could you tell us a little bit about how you got involved with Shadow Child to create the label?

He’s from the same city as Lewis (Portsmouth) and they’ve known each other for a while. We felt our music was moving in a similar direction and that our tastes were very similar so it seemed like a no-brainer. 

The EP is huge, I want to say it sounds like there is a bit of influence from Drum & Bass pioneer Dillinja, the basslines are seriously phat. Could you tell us a little about the making of the EP and what influences your music? 

You’d be right about the drum and bass influence. It’s a type of music I was into before house music as I used to hear it at my local youth club when I was a kid and as soon as I heard the music I knew it was something very exciting. Other than that, we both have a love for house of all varieties, hip hop and also garage amongst other styles, so we’re taking influences from a lot of different sounds when we make music.

I’m sure all our readers are dying to know what your studio set up consists of, if we were to walk in there now what would we see?

Unfortunately it’s not that interesting to look at, as like a lot of producers these days we work strictly in the box. There’s a turntable next to me which I often use for sampling…but other than that it’s not that exciting really! 

Your kick drums are bumping, your basslines are phat and your leads are seriously good. Can you give our readers a tip or trick that you regularly use in your productions?

It’s easier said than done, but always try to do something with your production that makes you stand out from the endless amounts of other producers. This could just be certain drum sound, type of bass or just the way your tracks flow for example. 

This more developed style of bumping house that yourselves, Eats Everything, Claude VonStroke, Breach and others are releasing sounds crazy in the clubs. Could you tell us a little about where this sound has come from?

It most likely has its roots in house music but I think recently it’s taken on a lot of influences from hip hop, especially in the choice of samples and the way samples are used. I think it’s virtually impossible to trace it back to just one or two genres/scenes though as you can hear influences from almost every style of electronic music in these records.

You’re performing at Speakerbox on Friday May 3rd with Mistajam, Benga and Second City in London, what we can expect from you on the night?

You’ll hear a lot of new tracks by artists on our labels Food Music and Sounds of Sumo as well as our usual bass-heavy selection and maybe even a few unheard originals and remixes from ourselves.

So you also run the Sound Of Sumo imprint. How do you find time to produce, DJ and manage two labels? 

I think the only way we manage is because there are two of us. I spend a silly amount of time locked away in the studio making music as it’s what I love doing, so that aspect of it comes pretty naturally really.

Finally what does the rest of 2013 hold for Kry Wolf?

You’ll be hearing a lot of music from ourselves, including a new track ‘Concrete’ which you can hear on our Soundcloud and is coming out on Sounds of Sumo. Other than that we have a few remixes which we’re working on at the moment, as well as plenty of great music lined up for Food Music.

A massive thank you to Kry Wolf for taking the time out to speak with us. You can catch Kry Wolf performing alongside Benga and Mistajam at the Oval Space in London on Friday May 3rd.


Check out Kry Wolf's The Flood EP below:

Label: Food Music
Genre: Deep / Tech House
Release Date: 2013-03-10
MP3 320kbs$ 1.66
WAV$ 1.98

DJs Supporting: 4

Kry Wolf's Track Recommendations

We’ve started almost every set with this track over the last couple of months and it never fails to get things rolling. 

Label: Food Music
Genre: Deep / Tech House
Release Date: 2013-04-01
MP3 320kbs$ 1.66
WAV$ 1.98

DJs Supporting: 1

When we heard the original of Dappy we had to sign it up straight away, and Kill Frenzy’s remix simply builds on the strength of the original but with a more stripped back vibe.
Label: Pets Recordings
Genre: Deep / Tech House (Deep)
Release Date: 2013-03-05
MP3 320kbs$ 1.66
WAV$ 1.98

DJs Supporting: 15

Fun. This track is pure fun. It’s a bit of a Marmite record but we can’t get enough of it personally.
This one’s pretty much drums, sub and a vocal sample. Simple but effective, and those drums are great. 
Love the way this one flows and there’s something about that little riff that gets me every time.
Again, simplicity is the key with this one. The way it loops round with more and more samples coming in as the track progresses is great, and it always fits into our sets nicely.
Another one from our label Sounds of Sumo. Real never fails to add his signature melodic touch to everything he works with and this is a great example of his music.
Label: Dirtybird
Genre: Deep / Tech House
Release Date: 2013-03-26
MP3 320kbs$ 1.66
WAV$ 1.98

DJs Supporting: 22

This track has an effect on dancefloors like nothing we’ve seen in a long time. Mayhem!
Something a bit deeper but it still jacks pretty hard. Essential record.
This one crosses over from house into techno with some really original percussion work and a hypnotic looping vibe all the way through. The breakdown makes people go crazy.

What an awesome selection. Keep up to date with Kry Wolf here: