KONGKAST #87 - feat. KIAT (Metalheadz, Hospital, 31 Records, Soul:r, Function, Rufige / Singapore)
Style: minimal, techy, dark, soulful
(artist - title - label)
1. D.Kay + DJ Lee - December (Metalheadz)
2. Kiat - Killing Colonists (Qilin)
3. Lutin - Remote Da Force (Function)
4. Sinistarr feat Jo-S - Vines (Sonorous Music)
5. Enei - Brick (Blu Saphir)
6. S.P.Y. - A.S.B.O. (Soul:R)
7. Sinistarr + Kiat - Black Diamonds (Hospital)
8. Digital - Dirty Money (Amit + Outrage Remix) (Function)
9. Altered Natives - Negative (Eye 4 Eye)
As one of South East Asia’s pioneers of the drum & bass sound, KIAT (Jon Nah) championed the darker side of electronica with quality breaks, rolling bass-lines and leftfield influences over many years. With more than 17 years of DJ-ing experience behind him, KIAT extended successfully into music production. Often intricately programmed with deep grooves hidden behind warm detroit synths and strung together by dubby bass-lines and crafted hip-hop breaks, it is no wonder that after opening for Goldie at Homeclub, Singapore, his tunes caught Goldie’s attention and were immediately courted for release on the Metalheadz’s Rufige.
KIAT’s tunes are now sought after by the top shelf DJs in the scene - Goldie, Doc Scott, Marky, Marcus Intalex, A-sides, S.P.Y., Storm , Amit , Digital , Alleycat , Bailey, Vapour, Gremlinz, London Electricty and Fabio. The Singaporean has also been featured as “Leader of the Nu-Skool” in recognised international drum & bass magazines KNOWLEDGE and ATM, and his tracks went on air on BBC’s ‘Essential mix’ on 1XTRA, BBC’s online urban music radio station.
KIAT’s recent collaboration with fresh producer S.P.Y. from Brazil titled “Close Encounters” became a small success in the saturated electronica scene. Furthermore, this tune allowed the duo to expand their audiences beyond the regular drum and bass enthusiasts. As a nice affirmation, Goldie voted it as his favourite tune of the summer 2008!
On music production and DJ-ing, he’s always seeking to create a soundscape to be remembered and definitely never takes the same route twice. Finding inspiration from a new breed of producers such as Gaslampkiller, Glitch Mob, Flying Lotus as well as some minimal techno for good measure, KIAT’s DJ sets are expected to be packed with leftfield beats as well as proper dancefloor bangers.
Labels: Kiat’s productions are signed on some of the biggest labels in the biz - Function, Soul:R, Hospital, Metalheadz/Rufige, Influenza LTD, Vampire, Technoir, Nerve
Kiat - Liquid Fire (Homebass)
Kiat - Paradise Lost (Vampire)
Kiat + Morphy - Island Rock (Nerve)
Kiat + Morphy - Strangers (Function)
Ash + Kiat - Closer (Tech:Noir)
Spy + Kiat - Close Encounters (Soul:r)
Kiat - Killing Colonists (Qilin) Kiat - Madagascar (Vampire)
Kiat - X (Blindside)
Kiat - Diablo (Rufige) Kiat - Less Sugar (Influenza Ltd)
Kiat - Under The Influence (Influenza Ltd)
Kiat - Slave Codes (Function)
Kiat + Sinistarr - Black Diamonds (Hospital) Badfellaz - Badfellaz (31 Records)
Ash + Kiat - Last Lullaby (Metalheadz)
Ash + Kiat - Where Am I (Blindside)
Modified by dubass at 7:33 AM 8-5-2009