Written by Max Miller
Klaypex, the future-electronic trio comprised of Johnny Alter, Allen Notkin, and Mark Emmanuel, has released their anticipated EP, entitled The Future. As its title suggests, the group is headed into new waters with this release, deviating from the dubstep inspired currents of their first several projects, and the melodic trap of their penultimate album, Anything Goes. Unlike those projects, The Future veers into club drum heavy house beats which pull along energetic vocal cuts and swirling synths.
The intro track, subtitled “System Reset,” is a harbinger of what the listener is to expect from the following four songs. Only a minute long, it is more or less a single steady build up, a compressed kickdrum and futuristic synth lead into a computerized female vocal which intones, “System reset initialized. All data erased. Don’t dwell, move onward. The only thing that matters is the future.” This statement summarizes perfectly that the trio is ready to explore unfamiliar territory.
If a single word were to describe the actual songs that follow, it would be ‘bouncy.’ First up is the groovy “Satellites.” This song relies on a rolling bassline and squealing, friendly leads to carry vocals from Oscar Del Amor over a rowdy set of percussion. Next up we get the future-house jam, “Robot Love.” GRETA brings her soaring singing chops to this cut, which could just as easily keep the vibe going during a car ride as it could get feet moving at a club. On “New Kids,” we find ourselves faced with robotized singing a la Daft Punk or Insan3lik3, and it ends up working for the most part, although by this point in the EP the bounciness is beginning to resemble something more like car sickness. It is lucky, then, that the final track, “Home,” tones it down just a touch. A stabbing synth cuts through the mix, and although yet another house kit enters quickly behind it, it is less obvious and somewhat more compressed. The production on this track seems as though it may have drawn inspiration from artists like Overwerk, and it is by far the edgiest selection.
As a whole, The Future EP feels like a palate cleanser for Klaypex. Most often associated with ferocious dubstep anthems such as “Lights,” the trio is ready to prove that they are capable of multiple talents, even if it means completely eschewing everything that brought them to this point. This new direction seems promising if The Future is at all indicative of what can be expected in the future. For now, clocking in at under 17 minutes in total, The Future EP is well worth a listen.