Ambience is not a quality generally associated with techno. Yet, Welsh producer Kelly Lee Owens has been steadily unearthing the latent warmth of the genre since self-releasing her debut single ‘Lucid’ in 2015. Combining the atmospherics of hazy synth-lines and subaqueous vocals with a charged rhythmic pulse that readies her tracks for the club, she has carved a unique space for herself in the electronic field, making tracks that are just as at home on the dance floor as well as in your headphones.
Having moved from her native Wales to London, via Manchester, Owens developed her eclectic musical tastes and production skills while working in record stores, including Rough Trade and Pure Groove where she met Daniel Avery. It was Avery, along with fellow colleague and producer Ghost Culture, who showed Owens the production ropes, leading to her vocal feature on Avery’s track ‘Knowing We’ll Be Here’, taken from his acclaimed 2013 release ‘Drone Logic’. Since then, Owens has been fine-tuning her sound and expanding her sonic palette, releasing the Oleic EP last year on the Norwegian label, Smalltown Supersound, and this month dropping her debut full-length Kelly Lee Owens.
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[Thie piece was published on 16/03/17]