Album Review: Kid Adrift – Oxytocin EP

By on Tuesday, 27th July 2010 at 12:00 pm

Singer/songwriter Iain Campbell is the mastermind behind electronic alt-rock act Kid Adrift. The Guardian has compared their sound to Muse and also Pendulum for its ‘technotronic rock’, but I think people will be divided by these comparisons. Campbell sometimes flirts with soft vocals that Matt Bellamy uses to great effect. And for sure, the backbeats and electrofuzz of Pendulum is also present at times. But at the moment, I’m not hearing the brilliance of the two more established acts in this band.

Kid Adrift’s debut EP is called ‘Oxytocin’. I don’t want to turn this review into a boffin treatise but I did train as a biologist, so I do know what oxytocin is and what it does. It is one of many chemicals released by the brain to stimulate the rest of the body, and this has been seen mainly in women, so much that oxytocin has been dubbed ‘the cuddle hormone’. So it’s a strange title, because this kind of music will probably appeal more to men than women and I don’t see any women running to cuddle up with their man when this single comes on the radio.

‘Oxytocin’ has a splicey, beat-box kind of quality like missiles are going off in the background. Listening to this track makes me feel like I’m stuck inside a spaceship of a video game. Definitely weird and at times uncomfortable. Then again, I don’t play video games so maybe this is right up the alley of the younger generation. There are string-like synth effects behind the vocals that may remind you of the more complicated orchestrations of hip hop artists these days. Or maybe even the Spice Girls?


‘Crash Therapy’ is in a similar vein as ‘Oxytocin’ but a bit slower and drawn out, which in this case is not a good thing. ‘Static’ confused me, because it sounds like there are too many things going on at once and not in a good way. It lacks direction. Interesting debut EP but not sure how many people will be turned on by this. I’d say if you like Pendulum, have a listen, but don’t be surprised if you’re not overwhelmed as Pendulum’s dub-step production is far and away better.


Kid Adrift’s single for ‘Oxytocin’ is available now.

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