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This piece is part of the Algorhythms project: artists telling stories about music they discovered from humans. Because where we discover music is an important part of its impact, and not all music is discovered through an algorithm.

Natasha Kmeto on Roni Size

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While many artists use self exploration as a means to create art, Natasha Kmeto used her latest album to dive really deep. Her third album, you’ve never danced alone, is emotional, intimate, and honest, helping the artist explore a turbulent time in her life; from divorce to new love, exploring sobriety to reconnecting with forgotten ancestry.

Natasha tells her unique story with her soulful vocals set atop a minimal but lush soundscape, inspired by techno, house, IDM and dark wave. As a queer artist composing for the future, Kmeto’s music is steeped in the rich history of dance music with nods to the past.

As a multi-instrumentalist, producer and singer, Kmeto recorded, engineered and mixed you’ve never danced alone in her studio in Portland, OR. Through the 11 tracks on the album, Natasha aims to give an intimate glimpse into often untold stories. “This album is a snapshot of my life at a very tumultuous time…the album progressed as my life did…creating this helped me gain a deeper understanding of myself,” Natasha said of the album.

For her Algorhythm, Natasha discusses the influence Roni Size’s New Forms had on her future.

By far and away the person that influenced my musical taste the most in my early life was my older brother, Alex. As kids, he and I would both rabidly scour record stores, magazines, and eventually the internet for new music to share with one another. To this day we share a deep kinship in our mutual love of music; often sharing the texts about new releases we think the other should hear. I would say that one of the most impactful shares from him to me was when he showed me Roni Size’s New Forms. He had a friend with an older sister who was attending raves in nearby San Francisco and had shared a rave mixtape with us. From that tape we found New Forms. This came at a time when we both were starting to become vaguely aware of electronic music, but this record sent me full tilt into every facet and subgenre of it. To me at the time, as an early teen, this music sounded like the future. And as it turns out, it was my future.

You can listen to you’ve never danced alone on Bandcamp and the full Algorhythms playlist here.

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