Chris Kaz - Press Pic (2017) by Dieter Brandenburg

Kaz is a multi-talented artist, composer, film-maker, who creates an oxymoronic, sensory world for the listener to immerse themselves in; both haunting and celestial. His eclectic heritage of Greek Cypriot and German Sri-Lankan is mirrored in the atmospheric ‘Track 03’, which is an amalgamation of various styles, fused together with characteristics that call to mind the likes of The Weeknd, Sampha and The Glitch Mob. Kaz delivers velvety vocals reminiscent of James Blake, soaring pads which are Aphex Twin-esque and a controlled chaotic ambience similar to that of Ben Khan. It is difficult to categorise the sound that Chris creates, yet on ‘Track 03’ he continues to pioneer his own brand of dark future soul, fusing a minimalistic vocal style and evolving electronic elements, to forge a dark yet peaceful track which is ideal to unwind to and get lost in.

On creating the single Chris states “with ‘Track 03’ I slowed down the dancehall beat to create more of a swing and groove. I got a really deep cultured track that I could drop my samples and vocals on where it connects with a dance and sofa audience as well as a headphone audience; uplifting yet still deep.”

Albeit yet to release his debut LP, Kaz has received much critical praise for his previous material from the likes of i-D, Pigeons And Planes, IDOL, Kaltblut and Saint Heron. For Kaz’s forthcoming album, he will once again team up with production aficionado The 83rd – who has previously been a part of a Grammy award-winning production team with Maurice Joshua and has remixed tracks from the likes of Missy Elliot, Tinashe and Mariah Carey. This kind of quality of production is evident on Kaz’s work as it adds polish and character to the sound as well as The 83rd’s understanding of Kaz’s sonic characteristics.

Chris Kaz may appear to have recently arrived on the scene but he’s instantly turning heads and gaining revered supporters with his unique and enigmatic sound. It is only a matter of time before he becomes a rival to his peers.

CHRISKAZ-BSIDE-Artwork - LJY and The Beast