Kill Paris – To a New Earth EP [Review]
Kill Paris has made remarkable progress in the last year. It was just ten months ago that he delivered promising tracks like “Do You Need Someone” and “I Do Love You” to a growing fan base. It was four months ago that he revamped his production with “Baby Come Back” and “Tender Love.” He then made an appearance alongside Dillon Francis on a remix of Monsta, before accompanying Skrillex’s burgeoning imprint on the OWSLA Tour. Today marks his biggest accomplishment yet, as Corey Baker makes his official OWSLA debut with To a New Earth, a nine-track EP consisting of three originals and six remixes from the likes of Griz, K Theory, Candyland, Robert Delong, and Gramatik.
Kill Paris – Slap Me
To a New Earth EP kicks off with “Slap Me,” a funky midtempo track complete with a lunging bass guitar riff and veering high-pitched synths.
Kill Paris – To a New Earth
“To a New Earth,” the title track of the EP, keeps with the midtempo flair and live guitar rhythms while infusing grainy bass and and a stuttered kick pattern.
Kill Paris – Catch You
“Catch You” is arguably the best of the three originals. Kill Paris’s buzzing, static bass is layered with a pastoral flute-like melody with gratifying results.
Kill Paris – Slap Me (Griz Remix)
Griz’s take on “Slap Me” combines the lugging bass guitar riff with Griz’s signature glitchy, frenetic synths.
Kill Paris – Slap Me (K Theory Remix)
Rising San Francisco duo K Theory put a heavier spin on “Slap Me” with a distorted bassline and a complimentary oscillating melody.
Kill Paris – Slap Me (Candyland Remix)
With one of few non midtempo renditions, Candyland put an aggressive dubstep/drumstep spin on “Slap Me.” While the first drop is dubstep, the duo then increase the tempo for a riotous drumstep drop. Candyland’s work is easily the heaviest of the package.
Kill Paris – Catch You (Robert Delong Remix)
Robert Delong provides the only house track on the EP. His remix of “Catch You” is a shimmering, light-hearted production with a tropical progressive house flavor.
Kill Paris – Catch You (K Theory Remix)
K Theory’s second remix of the EP lulls you into a daze with its delicate build up before unleashing some serious midtempo heat.
Kill Paris – To a New Earth (Gramatik Remix)
Gramatik is on point as usual, layering on various live instruments and turning “To a New Earth” into a sensationally glitchy production.
The Bottom Line:
To a New Earth is a superb release from one of OWSLA’s most promising talents. Kill Paris has established a sonic identity that combines the best elements of funk, R&B, and dubstep into one. With three midtempo originals, To a New Earth is something vastly out of the ordinary, just as its title implies. The heavily instrumental component to both “Slap Me” and “To a New Earth” was something different from Kill Paris, but the “live” aspect proved more than apt for Baker’s groovy style. “Catch You” was my favorite of three singles, and the truest Kill Paris track through and through. In terms of the remixes, Robert Delong and K Theory’s remixes of “Catch You” stood out, as well as Gramatik’s multi-generic spin on “To a New Earth.”