Detroit meet dubstep: dubstep, meet Detroit. Kyle Hall knocks down barriers on this release, bringing his free-flowing, insouciant production style to the UK bass music scene. After dropping a remix of Darkstar's "Aidy's Girl Is A Computer" in 2009, Hyperdub boss Kode9 called on Hall's precocious talents for a solo release on the imprint.
His brief production career has so far encompassed house, techno, jazz and now dubstep, although such parameters are fairly meaningless to a young producer for whom the internet, analogue equipment, high tech kit and software programming are all part of one wonderful, disjointed bundle for making and consuming music.
"Kaychunk" features soft melodic synths floating over the top of a schizophrenic drum pattern, while vocal snippets help give the track some structure. B-side "You Know What I Feel" is very much in the Floating Points school of dubstep, meandering gently along with no obvious destination - but of course the destination hardly matters, because the ride itself is so damn fun.
Make no mistake, Hall is a prodigious talent and with releases slated for labels as diverse and forward-thinking as Carl Craig's Planet E, Sheffield's iconic Warp and Instra:mental?s Non Plus, it's already obvious that the serious players are taking notice.
What will this kid come up with next? Following a groundbreaking two tracker on Hyperdub and a melodic house remix of the Hundred in the Hands on Warp, Kyle Hall returns with the Must See EP on UK house label Third Ear. The title track maintains the raw vibe that Hall brings to his productions - be it jazz, house or dubstep - with an oh-so Detroit bassline, swirling synths and catchy claps. "Ghosten" sounds like an ode to someone or something lost, and shows Hall is just not all carefree enthusiasm - he knows how to get melancholic too. "Osc_2" keeps it restrained but with a shuffling high hat and hint of squelchiness in the bassline - it's tense and foreboding stuff - while "Body Of Water" rounds off the EP in a brilliant manner. Simply put, the Must See EP is a must listen.