Kid Gloves is the UK duo comprised of producer wizards Anu Pillai and Roy Kerr. The two recently released their “Third Round” EP on FG and give us a little behind the scenes look on how they came up with their extremely catchy, classic and infectious dance sound. Read the Q&A below and nerd out as they talk about studio gear and some of their favorite classic dance tunes. Also be sure to buy their “Third Round” EP on iTunes now!
1. How did the Kid Gloves duo unite?
We’ve known each other as friends since the mid-90’s. I used to go and watch Anu when he put on these big college raves in Cambridge. After college, we both ended up in London. Anu was making music as Freeform Five and I started making music as The Freelance Hellraiser a bit later and when I got signed to Sony in ’05, we got our first chance to collaborate. I then did some programming on some of his remixes and we started hanging out and working more and more. I guess our first major break was writing and producing for Ladyhawke on her first album. That’s when our name was born and we went on to remix and produce a bunch of cool acts. We never really planned to release our own tracks, but we were just having fun in the studio one day and the vibe of the tracks seemed perfect for Fool’s Gold. Anu had DJ’ed with Nick Catchdubs and stayed in touch, so we fired them over and it’s great to have found our spiritual home! Read More
Kid Gloves unleash their 1-2 punch combo entitled Third Round, a brand new 3 track EP by the London producers and studio mad scientists, Anu Pillai and Roy Kerr. The title track premiered last week on Entertainment Weekly along with a Q&A and the entire release is up for purchase on iTunes now. Listen to the EP below including the full out R&B summer jam “Wish I Never” featuring Tawaih.
Kid Gloves is the 1-2 punch of producers Anu Pillai and Roy Kerr. These UK studio wizards have amassed one of the coolest discographies on the planet, whether they’re behind the boards for the likes of Lana Del Rey and London Grammar, or flying solo as Freeform Five and The Freelance Hellraiser. Yet when they combine forces as Kid Gloves, these two studio masters manage to knock out their freakiest dance tracks yet.
“Third Round” (Premiered on Entertainment Weekly along with a Q&A) is the most muscular take on the Kid Gloves sound to date, a six-and-a-half minute collage of electrocuted disco cuts and distorted synthesizer glory. The guys get even funkier on “Stay The Same,” changing tempos while charging into soulful house and garage territory, prepping ears for revelatory EP closer “Wish I Never,” a timeless R&B summer jam where Kid Gloves channel their inner Jacksons over slowed-down rave breaks and the smoky pipes of London diva Tawiah. Leave your genre tags in the locker room and step in the ring.
Some of the illestdeep cuts in the Fool’s Gold catalog belong to the UK’s Kid Gloves. One half of KG is producer Anu Pillai, aka Freeform Five, who’s back with new solo single “Weltareh” today on the esteemed Eskimo imprint.
Read up about it here, and grab it on iTunes, Beatport and everywhere else fine dance music is sold. To get in the mood, download this new FF mix featuring “Weltareh” and other worldly house jamz.
Out today on Beatport is “Music Power,” the supercharged sophomore single from UK duo Kid Gloves, aka Freeform Five and the Freelance Hellrasier. By day, they write and produce for some of the best and brightest in UK pop. Once the lights go out, however, it’s club time! Straight to the speakers we go…
Kid Gloves’ Fool’s Gold debut “Bare Knuckle” was a slice of infectious, cut-n-paste disco house that immediately zoomed into Beatport’s Indie Dance / Nu Disco Top 10 for weeks (and rightfully so!) “Music Power” keeps that same energy and funnels it into one funky-ass, rock em sock em robot of a tune, filled with disembodied vocal samples, joy buzzers, and all manner of industrial grooves for the ravers. Dub Police don D1 flips it into an even bigger bass jam, as only he can.
B-side “Below The Belt” is a sonic sibling to “Bare Knuckle” and it’s joyous loops: seven-minutes and twenty-seconds of stretched out dancefloor joy. This summer club must-have comes remixed by Golden Bug (Gomma / Bang Gang) in full on house mode. Lace up your boxing gloves and your dancing shoes, it’s time to party. Read More
Kid Gloves whipped up this pugilistic new mix showcasing their fight-themed favorites new and old. It manages to tie in everything from Talking Heads and the Rolling Stones to a gang of FG knockouts, including tracks from their debut EP Bare Knuckle. So stop whatever you’re doing and get in the ring…
Continuing the proud tradition of Fool’s Gold artists with the k-word in their name, it’s not another new school rapper but Kid Gloves, an undeniably groovy UK duo delivering knockout punches of cut-up funk directly to your earholes. Pow!
Even if you don’t know it yet, you’re already familiar with the guys through their production and songwriting for the likes of Ladyhawke, Little Boots and VV Brown, and their copious solo work as Freeform Five and the Freelance Hellraiser. Now with their debut single on FG, Kid Gloves have taken their deft studio touch and applied it directly to the dancefloor.
“Bare Knuckle” and “Brand New Dance” provide their hooks in the form of kinetic disco and house riffs, looped up to the heavens and peppered with manic drum fills and quirky breakdowns. Remixes by fellow students of the sweet science In Flagranti and His Majesty Andre keep the party energy pinned down to the mat all night long.
Buy the Bare Knuckle EP now on Beatport, iTunes and all other digital retailers and hit the jump for an appropriately bugged out promo video that In Flagranti put together for their remix. Read More
Last month we hit up Miami for yetanother smash Fool’s Gold Winter Music Conference takeover!
Duck Sauce made their triumphant live DJ debut (which New Times named WMC’s best!), DJ Sneak, Just Blaze and (surprise surprise) Laidback Luke rocked guest sets, and the whole FG DJ family put it down like never before all night at brand-new venue Grand Central in downtown Miami. Check some highlights in our wrap-up clip (once again edited by Lizi Gross) and peep a TON of photo galleries – from GC as well as the Fool’s Gold x Mad Decent “Mad Fools” party later that weekend – after the jump. Read More