A collaboration between producer Kevin Martin (God, Techno Animal, the Bug) and distinctive vocalists Roger Robinson and Kiki Hitomi, King Midas Sound surfaced in 2007 with a track on the Soul Jazz compilation Box of Dub. â€œSurround Me,â€� an alluring and bleary dirge between dub and (heartbroken) lovers rock, set the tone for what followed. KMS linked with Kode9â€™s Hyperdub label, where they made their proper debut in October 2008 with â€œCool Out,â€� a relatively rugged A-side backed by remixes (of tracks that had yet to be released) from Dabrye and Flying Lotus. Another 12â€�, Dub Heavy: Hearts & Ghosts, came in June 2009, containing dub versions of tracks that -- once again -- had not been released in original form. The despondent â€œMeltdownâ€� led off October 2009â€™s 5 Years of Hyperdub compilation and previewed Waiting for You, King Midas Sound's debut album, released the following month. The set featured some of Martinâ€™s most adventurous and accessible production work, greatly enhanced by Robinson and Hitomi. Quieter on the release front, 2010 saw only a single for â€œLostâ€� backed by a "revoicing" of â€œCool Outâ€� from Pupajim, but the group put in time on the performance front with several live appearances, including a set at Sonar, where the material took on a more aggressive form. Respected contemporaries and inspirations such as Mala, Kuedo, D-Bridge, Cooly G, Hype Williams, and Green Gartside (Scritti Politti) were commissioned to contribute â€œreworkingsâ€� and â€œrevoicingsâ€� for Without You, released the following November. ~ Andy KellmanPortions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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