As far as the Maltese are concerned, they’re sitting on a little slice of paradise. Geographically and logistically speaking, though, the 316 km2 island isn’t exactly a hotbed of record labels, and as far as I’m aware, they don’t really have a rich musical history. With that said, we’ve seen a handful of talented musicians emerge from various pockets around the island in the last few years—one of which includes KNTRL.
Multi-instrumentalists Clint Spiteri and Erick Saliba are far from newcomers—having played together in electro-rock outfit, Dolls For Idols, for almost 5 years—but their latest project is perhaps their most promising adventure to date. With the prospect of becoming veteran producers, the two like-minded friends left the Maltese shores in the Winter of 2013 and headed off to Berlin, the techno capital of the world. After 10 long months spent hibernating inside their one bedroom apartment, the boys began producing dark electronic music while keeping their early influences and core ideology in tact. During that time, they also came up with a name for their project—KNTRL—which was taken from their favourite new-wave band, Joy Division. Once they had knocked out 10 solid tracks, the boys decided it was time to start sending out demos, and it didn’t take long for Berlin-based techno imprint, Beachcoma, to answer their call.
So far, the label has only released 2 tracks from the pair, but on both occasions, the boys have demonstrated their understanding of space and imagery. “Night Shifts,” the eeriest of the two, is a haunting affair that sees Spiteri and Saliba fully embracing their new environment, borrowing elements from their labelmates and fellow Berliners. Currently, KNTRL are busy performing in Berlin and the surrounding regions, however, they have plans to release another track by March.