Kit Grill - Westway
Release Date: October 2016
London-based producer, visual artist and NTS Radio host Kit Grill has announced a new 5-track EP, titled Westway and set for release on 7th October via his own Primary Colours imprint. The EP will be available digitally along with a limited run of 200 vinyl copies designed by Alex Sullivan, with cover photography by Grill and an accompanying video by London director Laurie Lynch.
Westway draws on Grill’s personal experiences of living in a cityscape and echoes the industrial, fast-paced and repetitive rhythm of his home city, London. The EP was recorded over the course of several months from early 2015 to February of this year, the propulsive beats and driving, shimmering synthwork across tracks like ‘Distance’ and ‘Street Runner’ inspired by and echoing the Brutalist beauty of the capital, culminating in the euphoric, widescreen string flourishes of closing track ‘Stairway’.
Kit Grill’s output spans across music, photography, painting and video. After graduating from Chelsea College of Art and Design, he spent the next two years experimenting with sound and studying music. In 2013 he released his first EP Expressions on Primary Colours, and later that year a full studio album Mirror Image was released through the GetMe! label.
The Independent hailed Grill a “minimalist master” and he saw further praise from the likes of Boiler Room, XLR8R and Jacques Greene, who told Dummy, "If I had to compare Kit Grill to other artists, the more musical side of Steve Reich's work and Koreless immediately come to mind. But I'd rather simply enjoy his music as this one solid argument for minimalism amongst all that busy noise." Grill produced a video to accompany the track 'Velodrome' using found footage from the 1980 Moscow Olympics, which gained widespread recognition.
The Europe EP was released in 2015 with original artwork by Grill, followed by Paradise, which showcased a new direction in sound, mixing ‘80s new wave with modern classical influences. The breadth of influences across his own productions is something Kit explores in his monthly Sunday show on NTS, playing an eclectic range of music from around the world including jazz, avant garde, modern classical, ambient, techno, house, new wave, disco and everything in-between.
a2. Street Runner
b2. Live Work