KRTS

PREMIERE: KRTS “Serve and Protect” ft. Mad Flows

Photo by Michael Clemens

Berlin-based producer KRTS‘ forthcoming second full-length project Close Eyes to Exit is inspired by recent world events. Each of the album’s 12 tracks tackles issues present in our world today, and demonstrates how we are struggling to rid society of corruption, hate, bigotry, and ignorance. Sonically, KRTS draws from jazz, hip hop, and indie-rock, melding those influences alongside electronic sounds to create emotive, yet danceable, compositions. Song titles like the previously released “White Privilege,” indicate where KRTS is coming from with this project.

Today, we’re premiering a new single from Close Eyes to Exit, “Serve and Protect” featuring Sacramento rapper Mad Flows. This extract delves into the media’s portrayal of death in the black community and speaks out against police brutality. KRTS told us over email that he was searching for “an MC that would say whatever was on his or her mind.” He ended up connecting in-person with Mad Flows, whose style KRTS describes as one which “works over boom bap or double time beats.”

After meeting at KRTS’ studio and sharing a couple German beers, the two artists traded ideas while listening to an early version of “Serve and Protect.” KRTS says, “We talked about how we grew up and what we’ve been through. We connected on some real life shit. A week or so later after he got done doing some festivals, Mad Flows sent me the lyrics. As soon as I heard, ‘But, there ain’t no conquering the beast / There’s a monster in these streets,’ I was like, ‘Yup, thats it.'”

Close Eyes to Exit arrives November 27 via Berlin label Project: Mooncircle.

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