Recently Kyle Hall and Kero released a teaser promotional video for their new release, Zug Island EP. It featured them in the studio banging on a Elektron Machinedrum and walking around Detroit’s hazardous Zug Island. As of today, I am informed that the album is now available for purchase on Wild Oats.
Zug Island is a peice of land between Windsor and Detroit that words could only describe as just sad. In 2010 Detroit Free Press wrote that the neighborhoods around the area comprise six of the ten most polluted zip codes in Michigan. It is heavily industrialized, full of hazardous waste, and has been emitting a strange hum and vibration that is a complete mystery. The city claims that they do not have enough money to investigate, all while residents remain plagued by the annoying hum.
While writing the Zug Island EP, Kyle Hall and Kero drew inspiration from the island. Wild Oats(Kyle’s label) states, “The Inspiration for this Ep came from the two producers risky trip to Zug Island. A Polluted toxic metal factory Isle shared between Detroit and Windsor Canada on the Detroit Rouge River. The sounds of this record are intended to sonically personify the environment of Zug Island and its harmful industrial vibrations it currently has on the river, wild life, and even the humans residing there!” “No Games…Just Hazardous Material”.
The Zug Island EP definetly paints mental pictures of broken down factories, toxic waste, and mutant humans. The A side features the title track, Zug Island which is more of a chilled acid techno beat that would fit well in a movie due to its suspenseful nature. The B side on the other hand takes a more banging approach with some nasty drums. The mechanical sounds of the Machinedrum mixed with analog acid blurps makes for a solid sounding release by both of these cats. Both Kyle and Kero have some serious talent and show no signs of slowing down. Make sure to check out Kyle Hall & Kero’s Zug Island EP released on Wild Oats today.