kraKIN is a more-than-human hip-hop collaboration bringing together the sonic stylings of Singh, the amphibious intellect of Dr. Michael Datura (aka professah exile), and a boom-bap menagerie of West Coast plants, amphibians, and mushrooms. In an age of ecological crisis, this multi-species assemblage aims to decompose human dominion and reintegrate our minds with the resonant ecology of a living world. kraKIN creates their unique place based sound by cutting and crossfading samples of field recordings of biomes throughout western canada and incorporating “biosonification”—a technology that translates the bioelectric signature of flora, fauna and fungi into musical information.
Singh named his latest project, kraKIN, based on the birth of the project in the Octopus Islands, the habitat of the giant pacific red octopus, in Desolation Sound. The tracks include everything from cedar tree basslines, wolf-howl and orca song synths, fungi-triggered 808s, to woodpecker hi-hats —resulting in an ecological portrait aiming to shapeshift perceptions and help us stay awake to the ways of the world.
"a visionary artist ... blending the technological world with art, social and environmental causes ... Singh's work reveals a new, malleable reality that is long overdue."
CBC Radio Canada
"Mesmerizing, vibrant ... Singh isn't just crossing genres, he's stradling astral planes"
Globe and Mail
"Singh spins the sounds of plants and animals into a symphony"