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Killed Kassette combines with Shawnee Taylor on ‘This Ain’t Love’

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At the beginning of April, Killed Kassette returns to HouseU again. His brand new record, ‘This Ain’t Love’ is a really promising production. Shawnee Taylor is featuring in the track as a singer this time, she co-wrote the lyrics with Duane Harden (Vocalist on ‘U Don’t Know Me’ by Armand van Helden). They join forces and release a really catchy House hit that perfectly fits the current piano trends.

Born out of the seminal UK rave scene of the ‘90s, Killed Kassette is an artist with an impressive story to tell. A pioneer of house music with a remarkable resume, composed of associations with some of the biggest artists and labels in the evolution of the genre (inc. remixes for Carl Craig, Kevin Saunderson, Chez Damier, Roland Clark and Paul Oakenfold’s illustrious Perfecto Records imprint). 

Once a member of a largely successful production duo, he made the break as a solo artist in 2013 and hasn’t looked back. Falling firmly on his feet, he quickly garnered the attention of none other than Kevin Saunderson’s iconic KMS Records imprint. That foot in the door and endorsement from one of house music’s most-respected outfits naturally led to breaking the scene and an ever-growing presence in the electronic music world.  Killed Kasste’s sonic palette is inspired the underground music scene; a spectrum of flavours from rave and breakbeat through to old school techno, piano house and filtered disco. The many production methods and influential sounds used by such artists are an impactive factor on Killed Kassette’s output, as much is evident in his standout production signature. 

Shawnee Taylor was born with music in her veins. A product of parents who each had their own successful music careers, Shawnee was surrounded by music from birth and raised in a household that always had different genres of music playing within it Looking back, Shawnee realizes that she soaked up all of her early influences without even knowing it, and while she always knew that she loved music, and has always loved singing, she also knew that she needed to find her own path in music so that it felt authentic and not like she was merely mirroring her parents.

Find her own path in music Shawnee did, and quite early on, too. At only sixteen years of age, it was a random meeting with DJ Romain that saw the beginning of Shawnee’s recording career, and it was through this initial set of collaborations, first with the RoMatt production team (DJ Romain and Matt Echols), as well as with Richard Grey, Kid Creme, DJ Todd Terry, and Sandy Rivera, that her voice first began to become recognized in House music.“I think at the time, my voice was new, and as a singer-songwriter, when I sing there is an emotional connection that comes through because those are my words, my feelings that I am singing. I also understood what the team was trying to create, which allowed me to bring more to the table than just my voice. Even after all of these years, I am still humbled by the amazing producers and artists who have reached out to work with me because of how much they value what I can offer to any collaboration.”

We premiere the ‘This Ain’t Love’ on Data Transmission today, check it out here and grab it on Beatport.

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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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