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It's like being bathed in light—cheeks flushed, sweat flowing, emotions rubbed raw (BB) Pitchfork

“It all came together for the Swedish producer's most free-spirited record to date, a track as suited to 6 AM dance floors as it was to house parties” (Pantalón) Resident Advisor

Tooth Has Some Serious Bite” The Fader

“A warm, seven-minute number built upon delicate groove” (Utopia, Ohio) FACT

“A warm house cut with squelchy synths and a trippy backbeat that's juxtaposed with a party-focused vocal sample” (Szikra) Pitchfork

“A master at baby-making basement jams, blissed-out R&B edits, and hopeful, harp-filled house” (Szikra) Spin

“One of the sleeper dance cuts of last year, a warm, weird ode to getting fucked up and partying” (Szikra) The Fader

For the past seven years Kornél Kovács has been busy rocking dance-floors and boomboxes worldwide as one third of Stockholm’s Studio Barnhus alongside Axel Boman and Petter Nordkvist. The label and DJ trio is spearheading a new era of fearless Swedish off-centre dance music, straddling the line between cute and menacing. 

Anticipation for Kovács' debut album has been rocketing following stand out releases like 2014's wistful Szikra, last year’s mad party anthem Pantalón on Glasgow's Numbers imprint and the late night groove of Space Jam on Smallville Records.

On The Bells, Kovács pops open his trunk full of sounds nicked from the lost and found bins of nightclubs all over the world. From the distorted organ chords of BB to the stripped down trancehall beats of Josey’s Tune and Szív Utca and the title track's cinematic romanticism, it's all of the bells and all of the whistles - further positioning Kornél Kovács as one of the most characteristic producers of modern house music.

The record was completed in an intense two-week session with Kovács' great friend and great studio engineer Matt Karmil in the cold winter of 2016.  Another close friend, artist Malin Gabriella Nordin, has created the album artwork together with her brother Jonas. 

Prompted directly by Kovács to give his report on the record, Studio Barnhus label boss Axel Boman had the following to say:

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 track-listing

A1. Szikra Intro 

A2. BB 
A3. Dollar Club
B1. Gex 
B2. Josey's Tune 
B3. Dance... While The Record Spins 
C1. Szív Utca 
C2. The Bells 
D1. Pop 
D2. Urszusz
2x 12'' vinyl / CD / digital / 4260038314203 BARN 045 / 4260038314197 BARN 045 CD 
Kornél Kovács releases 'The Bells' on Studio Barnhus, 26th August 2016 
The album can be pre-ordered here on LP or CD
Upcoming DJ Dates

Sat. Aug. 6 – The Nest, London

Sun. Aug. 14 – Else, Berlin

Sat. Aug. 27 – Mysteryland, Amsterdam

Fri. Sept. 2 – Atlas Electronic Music & Arts Festival, Marrakech

Sat. Sept. 3 – Corsica Studios, London

Sun. Sept. 4 – Field Maneuvers, The Midlands

Sat. Sept. 10 – Opium Rooms, Dublin

Tue. Sept. 20 – Tunnels, Aberdeen

Thu. Oct. 20 – Studio 80, Amsterdam

Sat. Oct. 22 – XOYO, London


Kornél Kovács - Listen to new track 'Dollar Club' // 'The Bells' album release on Studio Barnhus 26th August

Kornél Kovács
02 August 2016