Hear ye, hear ye fellow disco-house heads, it’s bugle call time in the Studio Barnhus realm as label co-founder Kornél Kovács just announced the release of his eagerly-awaited debut long player, scheduled for release on 26th August.
With a handful of grade A EPs under his belt for the Stockholm flagship and one tasty extra, ‘Radio Koko‘, released last year on Numbers, Kovács has earned a prominent place in the current house landscape. As it makes for his first incursion in the long-length format, ‘The Bells‘ offers a rare insight into what is one of the most singular bodies of work out there.
Envisioning a fantasy mishmash of multihued grooves and endemic music traits – from the funk-dipped bass of party lighter ‘BB‘ to the caribbean riddim of ‘Josey’s Tune‘ onto the Border Community-esque trancey lift of ‘Dance… While The Record Spins‘ and brass-rich disco fanfare of ‘Gex‘, the album brims with genre-busting treasures.
As the press release states, the record was completed in a two-week window, Kovács sharing the studio with longtime friend and top-class studio engineer Matt Karmil during the winter of 2016. The artwork, featuring a picture of Kornél’s sister Dora, was designed by close friend Malin Gabriella Nordin in collaboration with her brother Jonas.
But we’ll leave the final words to Studio Barnhus label head Axel Boman, who sums it up perfectly:
“Kornél’s bells will echo far beyond the nervous and trend sensitive ”dance” genre that our label sometimes is associated with, and into pop history. It’s one of our best, most innovative and creative releases to date, and the fact that one of my best friends has managed to do this on the label we share together makes me so proud that I want to cry. The Bells is the reason I dreamed of starting a label in the first place.”
The Bells is released via Studio Barnhus on August 26th, pre-order a vinyl copy from wordandsound.