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KLO Cusp

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Melbourne electronic pop duo Klo made waves in the blogosphere earlier this year when BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe picked up their single, Make Me Wonder, a small taste of what was to come from a future EP.

Well, now it’s here. Klo have delivered their debut, Cusp, full of the same heart-warming beats laced with silky smooth vocals that won over first-time listeners. A collection of their first three singles plus two new tracks, the whole EP is glossed in a sort of hip hop and R&B brush that when mixed with singer Chloe Kaul’s excellent vocals gives us an interesting and layered soundscape.

It’s definitely a different take on the chillwave/electronic producer genre as made famous by Flume and the like. It’s a slower, downbeat and more chilled-out affair, riddled with calculated R&B beats that don’t get too overwhelming by the time the last track rolls around. While the five-track duration doesn’t provide that much room to explore, Klo have given it their best to mix up their sound a little bit. Take Us To The Grave is a fun track that has a distinct Disclosure vibe about it, while False Calls is one of the more hip-hop-infused songs on the album. 

If Cusp is anything to go by, then expect to be hearing a lot more from this exciting Melbourne duo in the future.

3.5 stars

ROGER MA

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