Beats by Beat: Melbourne’s king of experimental disco, Kayroy, mixes a new manifesto

Beats by Beat: Melbourne’s king of experimental disco, Kayroy, mixes a new manifesto

Photo: Jackson Grant
Words by Sam Howard

Welcome to Beats by Beat, our brand new mix series for electronic music lovers. Head here if you missed the first Beats by Beat mix, produced by Melbourne label Tape Leisure.

Finnian Langham, AKA Kayroy, is obsessed with the art of making people move. He’s renowned on the streets of Melbourne for his distinctively groovy “sampledelic disco”, and even more so for his rambunctious DJ sets. Inspired by collage artists like The Avalanches and In Flagranti, he’s always found working with samples “endlessly exciting” as he finds new “ways to smash bits from five different tracks together and create coherent new compositions”.

He’s been featured on releases through local and international labels including Sour Edits, Whisky Disco, and Hotfoot, and garnered support from big names like CC:Disco!, Whiskey Houston and Cassettes For Kids. Juno Records even described his most recent release Rosella EP as one of their must-have EPs of 2019.

In the last couple of years though, Kayroy’s sound has broadened, with productions concocted from flavours including obscure ’80s synth-pop and acid-tinged EBM.

“With this mix, I wanted to connect some broader sonic music worlds and create a new manifesto. I want my music to take unexpected twists and turns, and ultimately just be a lot of fun,” he says.

Keep an ear out later in the year with a release that dip-dives into a darker space of electro, deep tech and techno. Before he releases, we got him to record his new flavour for the next Beats by Beat.

Have a spin of Beats by Beat #2: Kayroy below:

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