The classically trained, multi-instrumentalist marvel Keeno is back with a slice of freshly cut sonics to continue his release streak on Hospital Records since officially moving over from Med School in 2020. ‘Fall Beneath You (feat. Etherwood)’ and ‘Equinox’ are a divine showcase of his unique approach to drum & bass, whereby his musical and technical abilities combine to create an unmatched sound like no other.
Featuring the elevating vocals of fellow Hospital extraordinaire Etherwood, the orchestral motifs of Keeno’s style shine through in ‘Fall Beneath You’. Stunning piano chord progressions lead the way, accompanied by warming strings and polished breaks to take the listener on a cinematic journey across the ever expanding world of drum & bass.
An eminent champion of classically infused drum & bass, it goes without saying that Keeno’s capability to draw for grittier numbers in the studio continues to be valued just as highly. Flipping over to the B-side, ‘Equinox’ offers a symphonious introduction through immersive brass melodies and a delicate sprinkling of reverberated vocal slices, before a rippling reese bass and punch-packed drums thrust into play.
Aside from his diverse productions and majestic discography including releases such as ‘Troopers Peak / Old School Lane’, his albums ‘All The Shimmering Things’ and, ‘Life Cycle’ and the ‘Nocturne’ EP, Keeno’s contributions to the drum & bass scene also include his self-hosted Bristol Mix Series which has cemented him further as an esteemed producer, DJ and tastemaker. With support for his music spanning from a Self-Certified Selection from BBC Radio 1’s MistaJam, Rene LaVice and Andi Durrant to electronic dance music top-liner Don Diablo, the far-reaching appeal for the sounds of Keeno’s show shows no sign of slowing down.
Keeno has become known as one of the most versatile and technically gifted drum & bass producers of today. In 2019 he signed to Hospital Records, after 6 years with former sister label, Med School. As well as singing, Keeno plays the piano, clarinet and guitar: talents that transfer to his deep understanding and passion for organic instrumentation. His influences span from Debussey and Ralph Vaughan Williams to Calibre and Phaeleh.
His first EPs for the label entitled ‘Nocturne’ and ‘Preludes’, demonstrated his love for classical sounds before the release of ‘Music for Orchestra: Drum & Bass’ which effortlessly blended classical music and drum and bass. 2014’s release of Keeno’s debut album ‘Life Cycle’ moved his career from a new kid on the circuit to one of the scene’s most sought after artists, growing with each release. ‘All The Shimmering Things’, his third studio album, has been hailed as a masterpiece by peers and critics alike.
His penchant for adaptability is shown not only by the variety of artists he has collaborated with, namely, Makoto, Whiney and Urbandawn, but also diverse artists such as London Elektricity, S.P.Y and Above & Beyond, for whom he has been enlisted on remix duties.
Keeno’s technical ability seeps into his live performance and he has become one of Hospital’s top tier DJ’s, regularly booked for festivals like ‘Let It Roll’ and ‘Hospitality on the Beach’, nightclubs like London’s Fabric and his own sold-out debut Live show at Fiber in Amsterdam.
’Guesswork’ and Hidden Peaks’ received support from Andy C at his record-breaking SSE Arena Show, and his tracks have been frequently played by his contemporaries in sets across the entire drum & bass spectrum.
Keeno’s musical exploits stretch beyond his releases, with his music being selected for the intro screen of Forza Horizon 2 and subsequent games 3 and 4. Keeno’s ‘Jungle Ballet’ is also the haunting backdrop for Aston Martin’s reveal of their DBS Superleggera.