The lead track in Koto Kill’s latest project: ‘Fromage Et Fashion’ – A dystopian disco album that showcases artists from across Europe.
Curated by UK based producer and creative, Gabriel Ralls, KOTO KILL showcases a body of work that’s uncompromising in nature, exploring electronic sounds that exudes an experimental approach to collaborative pieces.
London based, Somerset-raised Gabriel Ralls (A.K.A KOTO KILL) fits the classic “small town boy” paradigm – but defies expectation with big ideas and an eclectic approach to music. Being brought up on a healthy mixture of Michael Jackson, Kylie Minogue and the Dirty Dancing soundtrack, his teenage discovery of metal, electronic rock and the IDM (Warp Records) scene proved a fundamental step in shaping the producer’s discography today. Promoting the release of his latest musical endeavour, ‘Téléphone Party’ will reach audiences on the 18th April with a high production video to accompany, proving an exciting yet unpredictable glimpse into Koto Kill’s latest album entitled ‘Fromage Et Fashion’ – slated for release on 28th April 2023.
Since Koto Kill’s debut in 2018 with ‘Fight Us All’, ‘Fromage Et Fashion’ is an eclectic yet irreverent 14 track satire founded in electronic influences. A creative process spanning four years and featuring an array of talent from across Europe, the series showcases Dutch, Romanian, Croatian, Greek, Hungarian, German, Danish, Italian, French, Irish, Czech, Spanish, Portuguese, and English. Written during a culturally fractious time that surrounded the UK and European Union, each track’s genre defies the last. With each song holding its own identity and originality – broken up with Jazz ‘interludes’ to synergise the listening experience – ‘Fromage Et Fashion’ is a loving pastiche to European Culture:
“Téléphone Party was written with the intention of being a music video shot in the style of a short film. The plot involves a woman who plots to murder her boyfriend for spilling tea over her Jean-Paul Gaultier dress and fantasies about the most dramatic ways this murder could happen both on and off the telephone. I often like to flex my dark sense of humour, so the song needed to be in French and I assumed myself the hapless British victim. Guilty as charged; I love my tea.” – Gabriel Ralls A.K.A Koto Kill
Recruiting an assortment of notable musicians to help Koto Kill’s project come to life, ‘Téléphone Party’ was the first song written and portrays the most chic-murder in a tongue-in-cheek love letter to French cinema and electro-music. “A story of Love, Murder, and Fashion”, Exploring themes of stereotypes and a ‘Femme Fatale’ lead – played by Louise Devismis – the beat heavy music pays homage to French-electro discotheque. Juxtaposing this light hearted nature of the legendary genre, attentive listeners will hear subtle horror noises in the background of the song, foreshadowing the fate of the male lead.
“The video demonstrates my love and affection for the French the only way Brits and French know how – by taking the piss out of each other” – Gabriel Ralls