Biru Bee and Marc Hofweber of Round Table Knights know good house music. They’re beat-breathers, crowd-whisperers, and along with Benfay in the studio flex a savant-like knowledge of electronic’s inner workings. Their latest four track EP, Secret Place, out via HAKT Recordings, distills their full-bodied sound down to its carbonated skeleton.
The title track “Secret Place” is a slow-burning constellation of twinkling synths and pulsing beats, plateauing halfway through its six minutes with vocals reminiscent of Little Dragon’s lead seductress Yukimi Nagano. “Coconut Bread” loops like the far off drumbeats of a tribal ceremony with a sparseness that envelops and transports. The anthemic “Spasdo” dips into a darker industrial realm, closing the three-track with rousing dance-floor manipulation.
Filling the need “Spasdo” creates for one more drop, Round Table Knights are following the EP with a remix of “Coconut Bread” by fellow house DJ Fantastic Man. The Australian producer incorporates an ephemeral, borderline downtempo interpretation of the track that draws its cosmic riffs into the foreground. Secret Place follows Round Table Knights’ years of touring clubs all over the world, dropping explosive tracks on tracks that blow up the blogosphere and the club.