cover photo: Jason Woo
Springtime is a good point in the year for new growth, which seems to be exactly what Matt Relton’s got in mind.
After smashing out the blocks in 2012 and picking up iTunes ‘Best Electronic Song’ for ‘Vehl’ in the process; the artist then known as Kidnap Kid followed it up with a string of well respected releases on London’s Black Butter Records over the next few years (back when BB used to put out house music, remember…?). Kidnap’s blend of moody melodic house, deep electronica, and dance – always packed with emotional vocal hooks and piano loops – were an unassuming part of the soundtrack to British house music’s complete conquering of the north american dance scene in the first half of this decade.
Then, after launching his own label Birds That Fly with the Moments EP in 2016 – it’s fair to say that Kidnap went a bit quiet, at least on this side of the pond.
(and by the way – if you’ve been sleeping on that release… let’s change that right now)
Suffice it to say that Matt didn’t go underground – he’s been grinding away worldwide, touring alongside former BB compadres, holding down sets across Ibiza, mainland Europe, and particularly the States.
And so after a lengthy absence, in 2018 the newly renamed Kidnap is staging a homecoming of sorts. In support of his brand new ‘Ashes’ EP (available now in all the usual places), Kidnap’s touching down this Friday 20th for a show at East London’s hottest new intimate venue – Hangar.
We reached out to Matt and he seems buzzed:
“I’m very happy be playing in London again after 18 months! The new space in Hangar looks great and it’s really cool to have a sold out show just down the road from my house.”
Tickets are sold out – but the RA resale is active, so who knows if you could get lucky with a ticket.
Welcome back Kidnap.