Today sees the release of French electronic trio, KCPK‘s Who Wants It ft. STS remix EP via [PIAS].
Lead single, ‘Who Wants It’, personifies the group’s tight production style, combining powerful guitars, cold synths, and a dance floor oriented beat. But it was the input of Philadelphia-bred rap sensation, STS which “transformed [their] initial version of the track,” according to the lyricist. “As soon as I heard the beat I knew the record was special, it had that energy that makes a rapper wanna rap.”
KCPK have been making their mark on the French electronic circuit over the past few years as incubators of the Rémoise scene, with the likes of Yuksek, Brodinsky and The Shoes.
The multi-faceted band have worked with the likes of Woodkid, The Chemical Brothers and Two Door Cinema Club, and are frequent collaborators with PANIK, a night which has hosted the likes of Groove Armada, Laurent Garnier and Amon Tobin.
‘Who Wants It’ has also been chosen as the backing for Louis De Caunes’ video for Yves Saint Laurent’s unique Black Opium digital campaign. The EP is rounded off with a trifecta of remixes. The first, from POSTAAL brings a darker spin on the track with ominous synths and a disco-tinged piano riff. Haute add their trademark stamp by adding vocals from Anna Magidson, and the track takes on a completely different musical form, with the new lyrics turning it into a “protest against systematic and irresponsible military deployment.” Darkly provides a dark and ominous echoing conclusion to the EP with his downbeat twist, intended to “contrast the intense energy and lyrical content of the original and move it into a different space.”