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Kove goes back to his roots with new EP, shares exclusive ‘Dig It’ [Interview]

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James Rockhill, known to the music world as Kove, has been taking the drum & bass world by storm since his beginnings as an artist in 2012. In the five years since his debut, Rockhill’s sound has morphed and transformed as he’s honed his sound. He’s toyed with house music for singles like “Jericho” and “Comin’ On Strong” in 2016, but his forthcoming collection of music takes him back to his fast-paced drum & bass roots. In From The Cold is a four-track exploration of the very essence of Rockhill as an artist, showcasing his raw, old-school style.

In From The Cold is out Nov. 24, and we have an exclusive first listen of “Dig It,” below.

Why was “Ain’t No Love” chosen as the EP’s lead single? How does it pave the way for the rest of the EP? 

I feel like it is representative of where I am musically at the moment so it felt like the right one to re-introduce myself with after the break I’ve just had. It’s got an old-school raw flavour to it in my opinion, which is a theme that runs through this EP and a lot of the stuff I’m making.

How long has this EP been in the works?

It’s actually been a relatively short turnaround with this one. I had the demo of “Aint No Love” knocking about for a fair while before anyone really heard it. Risky at DNBA got hold of it and suggested putting it out, and that really kickstarted writing DnB again for me. The rest of the tunes on the EP were written in the space of a few weeks and here we are now!

How does In From the Cold differ from your previous Nightfires collections?

The most obvious difference would be it’s all drum & bass. I really used Nightfires to explore different styles and techniques, such as exploring rock music through different vocalists and using guitars instead of synthesizers. There’s also a lot of house tunes on those EPs. With In From the Cold, I wanted to get back to the sound that I started out producing, going back to my roots so to speak.

What are you most excited about in today’s dance music scene?

Dance music is exciting at the moment. It seems to be equally looking forward and dipping back into the old school at the same time, which I think is a good place to be. There was so much talk of the ‘EDM bubble’ and its inevitable burst, but electronic music seems to be from strength to strength and diversifying all the time. It’s also interesting to see how much pop is becoming influenced by more left field styles like trap and the whole ‘SoundCloud rap’ thing, rather than pop-house being so prevalent.

What do you see for the future of drum & bass?

It seems super healthy at the moment. I don’t think you’re going to see it bothering the charts as much as it has been in recent years but that seems healthier for the more underground sounds. I personally think we’re going to see a bit of a resurgence in more melodic dancefloor tunes, much in the same way dubstep is hinting towards pre-2010 sounds.

What are your plans for 2018?

Plenty more new music! I’ve been on a writing spree recently so I can’t wait to get new beats out. Apart from that, I’m looking forward to getting back out on the road!

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