Having crushed on the garage, dubstep, grime, and jungle tip since he first broke through seven years ago, the Los Angeles-based artist known as Kastle continues to evolve in surprising and often refreshing ways. As he closes in on his second album, Reflections—released on his forward-thinking Symbols imprint—we see the way that his sound continues to mine the classic era of jungle, two-step and UK garage with just enough of a grimy twist to keep things grounded for the dancefloor crew.
There’s no denying that Kastle takes the album-as-journey motif seriously as Reflections unfolds like an ethereal dreamscape where memories of the mad night (or decade) you’ve spent in the club lingers like a ghostly presence around the edges.
While the headbangers may find this too left-field and sensual for their taste, the 12-track album is a personal tome that mirrors Kastle’s own journey through the breakbeat-and-bass underground towards a space of deeper knowledge and inner confidence that is sure to resonate with even the most hardcore in your comedown crew.
To get a sense of what we’re talking about, check the premiere of “Higher” below that lives up to Kastle’s desire to create an album that built on “multiple layers of meaning and interpretation.” The album drops tomorrow, October 14, via Symbols, so lock in your pre-order now and prepare to float away.