White Horse EP

by Kaye

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White Horse EP marks a milestone for Darker Than Wax, as it is the first solo offering from Singapore-based co-founder Kaye. Despite being a driving force behind the label since its inception, as well as an accomplished producer, instrumentalist, and live performer, the entirety of Kaye’s previous releases have been collaborative efforts. In recent years, a newfound interest in analogue technology and a series of blistering hardware-only live Techno sets have allowed Kaye to hone a sound that is entirely his own. White Horse EP is very much a purely personal sonic direction and singular statement from a foundational Darker Than Wax artist.

While it was the Saxaphone and Jazz music that spun his life onto a musical trajectory, Techno was Kaye’s first electronic love. In his own words, Techno in the 90’s ‘was actually a chameoleon’ rather than a defined sound; a framework for exploring a wide range of musical influences. White Horse EP channels this open-mindedness, piecing together elements of New Wave and Electro with classic Chicago and Detroit motifs. Pairing together peak-time jacking tracks with melodic and vocal songs, this release is a showcase of the versatility and openness of Kaye’s approach to Techno.

The release also harkens back to a time when Techno could be a political and social force. The theme of the White Horse that appears throughout this work is a direct comment on the culture of power, prievelege, and inequality that pervades Singaporean society and strongly shapes its character. Armed with his raw sound and drive to create timeless music, Kaye has created a record that is both a dancefloor burner and a conceptual achievement.

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released April 1, 2016

Mixed by Kaye
Mastered by tbr-mixmaster

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Darker Than Wax Singapore

With Darker Than Wax, the music has been reduced to its most concentrated form.
It’s pretty pure and simple really. It's basically a statement. A statement on the pervasiveness of black music and the influence it has had on countless genres.
A statement that it’s all about bringing it into the future.
A statement that music should have depth.
Expression and uninhibited creativity is the key.
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Track Name: White Horse
A white horse is a privileged thing to be
If you have lived in our society
A white horse has all the oppurtunity
You can’t reveal it even if you want the world to see

(Chorus)
White horse lady
White horse men
White horse baby
All across the land, all across the land, all across the land

A white horse and all their family
It’s something you and I could never be
It’s very real and not a fantasy
No matter what they tell you to believe

White horse lady
White horse men
White horse baby
All across the land, all across the land

Laws don’t apply to the white horse lady
Laws don’t apply to the white horse men
Laws don’t apply to the white horse baby
Laws don’t apply all across the land

All across the land
All across the land
All across the land
All across the land

White horse lady
White horse men
White horse baby
All across the land, all across the land, all across the land

All across the land, all across the land, all across the land