I arrived just as uber babe Kilter (AKA Ned East) stepped onto the stage of the Northcote Social Club. I found it odd that the 21-year-old Sydney producer was greeted by a sea of seated bodies; he did also, and reminded everyone that “this isn’t a picnic” demanding that everyone get up and dance. No one was able to resist his boyish good-looks, his panty-dropping dance-moves, and killer track-list made up of originals and hit remixes. Crowd favourites were his edits of Ben Pearce, Snakadaktal, RüFüS and London Grammar. Kilter was the perfect support choice for The Kite String Tangle, settling 350 people into the tropical/R&B groove with his MPC, micro-Korg and drum-pad set-up.
Then came the man that sold out four consecutive Melbourne shows: Danny Harley as The Kite String Tangle.
I kept trying to compare him to other acts of the electronic genre. However, I failed to draw a direct correlation. Throughout his set, there were moments I thought he sounded like a Jamie xx remix of The xx, or a mature, controlled version of Robert Delong. From the beginning, he had the entire audience mesmerised by his presence. Harley’s rendition of ‘Tennis Court’ sparked a mass karaoke session. Admittedly I did indulge in a drunken chorus shout. The heavenly narcosis was interrupted mid-set by vocalist Laura Boland from disco-electro duo Back Back Forward Punch. The Melbourne local was invited onstage to sing the female lead on track ‘Stone Cold.’ With her, she brought an incredible energy; one which was commented on by punters as being “phenominal” and “amazing.”
Naturally, Harley ended with ‘Given The Chance,’ number 19 in triple j‘s Hottest 100 of 2013. Punters went mad, cutting shapes like it was nobody’s business. Catching The Kite String Tangle has been a major musical highlight of 2014 so far. I’m gagging for his debut album, scheduled for a late year release.