Elusive UK producer Kilig brings a six-track EP spanning the British sound palette – forward, complex, with inflections of jungle and garage – to the new Shall Not Fade Classic Cuts imprint. Off the back of releases for Scuffed and Origins in 2020, kilig pairs their intimate knowledge of London’s rave scene with more minimalist tinges for What My Mind Needs EP, a simmering club record soaked deep in ambience.
Taking sombre organic vocal samples and delicately placing them over a sharp two-step rhythm, opening track “Closer” is intangible, fantasy-like – the memory of music in your ears after you’ve left the club. There are echoes of Burial’s seminal Untrue across the EP. Kilig aptly reflects the certain melancholy of British club music in the gritty “Overthinking” and mournful “Without You”, an ensemble of distorted vocals and dramatic droning synth.
The rest of the record pushes into a more euphoric atmosphere – the title track is a soaring rave number while “Clocking In”, a wild beast of a track, glitches and confuses. “I Wanted To Call & Tell You” swells in waves of breakbeat, bringing together the emotional core of the record, fading to gentle keys, the dream of raves to come in 2021.