“Kloves” is the new moniker of Calgary producer Krystle Love B, a key figure in the city’s roster of emerging talent garnering international appeal.
Krystle Love B’s 2014 self-titled debut on the Calgary-based Substation Recordings reached the top 100 on Beatport’s deep house chart. In 2015, her release with the U.K.-based 18-09 Records “Apollo” received support from Sergio Matina, Lars Behrenroth, Anderson Noise, Neverdogs, Richie Hawtin, Marco Carola and Joseph Capriati.
As a DJ, she’s partnered with local collective Girls On Decks to promote the visibility of women in electronic music. Krystle Love B was also featured in the 2014 edition of the Bass Coast festival.
“Kloves” maintains this same commitment to boundary-defying dance music while moving in a new stylistic direction, one inspired by the warehouse techno scenes of Europe and Detroit. Together with her group Frontier Collective, she’s gradually introducing this sound to a city known for its house offerings, capturing international attention in the process. This direction is one she’s always envisioned, and the Kloves moniker allows her to indulge her artistic vision without any concerns for the expectations applied to her previous projects.
This new focus is showcased on the Lovesu EP, the debut release from Kloves on Canadian label Skylab Records. Its two tracks present a dark, hypnotic vision of techno that mirrors the cosmopolitan nature of western Canada’s electronic music scene. There’s elements of acid, bass music and traces of classic house music all woven together by the skilled production that Kloves has become known for.
The transition from Krystle Love B to Kloves has only fueled her already burning desire to create. Two days into 2016 she released the unsigned track “301” on her Soundcloud, making it one of the first tracks to come from Calgary in the new year. It’s a move that perhaps foreshadows how the rest of the year will unfold.