April 14th 2017
At the beginning of this year, Khoiba returned after a long break. To be precise, it was 14 January when they published an updated status on their Facebook page, showing a new group photo along with the announcement of a new single in the pipeline. The single, called Stoke The Fire, premiered today, courtesy of the Deezer streaming service, Spotify and the iTunes and Google Play online platforms. Consequently, we should wait for the release of their long-awaited third album through Minority Records, which is scheduled for next year.
“The best way I can put it is that we have missed the stage. For myself, I can say that I have tried musical collaborations with all kinds of people, but I feel most at home when it comes to the music we make together with Filip. Honestly, on my part, the music includes the power of nostalgia. I have set Khoiba in the previous era into a very intense period of my life, and judging by the responses to our comeback, I believe I am not alone," said Ema Brabcová smiling in reaction to the comeback, before adding: “Basically, it somehow shaped our lives. I have associated Khoiba with by far my most favourite place in the world — my parents’ cottage in Brdy. This is where the core of Khoiba´s music has been created. Maybe there is no need for any explanation; it simply makes sense to me without giving it too much thought!”
Khoiba were unexpectedly plunged into silence after the release of their second album Mellow Drama when the paths of the two main members — Ema Brabcová and Filip Míšek — parted. The first (although indirect) hint of a comeback was the new remix of the single Ohio (Asymmetric Rework) by techno producer Inigo Kennedy, which was released in a limited edition on a twelve-inch single on the Belgian label Token. The single quickly sold out and the remix went on to become a club hit in Benelux last year. The duo have now returned to working in the studio and aim to build on the initial phase of their collaboration while incorporating the new musical knowledge gained from their previous projects. Stoke The Fire is ,therefore a new starting point for a future album. Stoke The Fire is based on the sound of Khoiba. Ema´s ethereal voice has not lost any of its attraction and urgency over time and is boosted by equally ingenious, slightly mysterious lyrics that allow for reflection and reminiscences of personal feelings. In the meantime, Filip also gained new experiences, especially as Dikolson, so Stoke The Fire is interlaced with much more intense experimental electronics which he uses with ease. The single gradually culminates and tightens the atmospheric noose. Khoiba´s core fans were therefore suddenly given an unexpected taster for the new album and it will be fascinating to see how the finished version will sound.