When I saw Natasha Kmeto at Decibel Festival last year she stole the show. Looping her powerhouse vocals over all manner of jittery beats, she tapped into a primal and ferocious sexuality unknown to many of her laptop-wielding peers. Following a CD-R release on hometown label Dropping Gems last year, Kmeto begins 2013 with Dirty Mind Melt, an EP that attempts to capture the pile-driving physicality of her live performances.
Its four tracks all center on a romantic or sexual conceit. "Pleasure Delay" does it the most literally, as waves of sub-bass underline her threat—"feels like I'm ready to explode." Another slow-burner follows, one that throws barbs of bass beneath a swirl of pitched-up vocals. She heads into Addison Groove territory with the twitchy "Contranym," but it's downright juvenile with its childish refrain "I know I love you, because I hate you." The ominous "He Loves Me, She Loves Me Not," which freewheels madly into jungle territory, ends the EP on an exhilarating enough note to forgive the misstep. Like most transitions from live to studio, the EP doesn't entirely capture what it's like to see her work up a sweat on stage. With an album apparently on the way later this year, time will tell if the long-player format better suits this wildly talented performer.
Tracklist: Natasha Kmeto - Dirty Mind Melt01. Pleasure Delay
02. Dirty Mind Melt
04. He Loves Me, She Loves Me Not