Austro-Congolese producer Kimyan Law is gearing up to release his third EP, Yonda, on the esteemed Blu Mar Ten Music imprint on November 8th.
An incredibly talented musician, Kimyan Law has been experimenting with electronic music since the age of 12, making instruments out of glass, wood, and his own voice in his earliest recordings. As a young black man raised in all-white environments from early on, a lot of the hardships the young musician has faced throughout his life are reflected in his music, an outlet that has provided consolation for over a decade. Combining his creative approach to recording developed from childhood with elements of his African roots, Kimyan Law's music has consistently stood out for its primal sounds and modern aesthetics. His latest EP, Yonda, is some of his most pensive and emotive work to date - it is unusual, thought-provoking, and profoundly deep.
With so much intrigue surrounding this recent release and Kimyan Law himself, we've been fortunate enough to be given a tour into the city he calls home, Vienna, giving deeper insight into the mastermind behind this exciting musical project.
We all like a good drink, so where are the top spots to head to before a night out?
I’m a friend of different teas and juices, so I'd probably be in my living room drinking tea or taking some tea with me, as I often go outside during the night and write music pretty much everywhere I go. That’s one of the advantages of only having a laptop. During the daytime and even more so in the morning, I recommend getting a freshly pressed juice at one the fruit bars Vienna has to offer. Not only are they delicious, but they also provide you with the good stuff both your body and brain need to work, think and write for long periods of time.
Where can you find the best clubs / late night venues in town?
Personally, I like “Fluc“ very much. It looks rather discrete and small from the outside but has most of its room underneath the ground. It’s located in the second district, near the train station Praterstern. I’ve been to this venue many many times, on events like “Vollkontakt“ or “Sense“ and some really nice experimental concerts and nights. Other than that, I like to just go for a walk, maybe rent a bike and explore. In total, Vienna hasn’t got that much “nightlife“ going on, compared to other cities, but if you take a closer look you’ll discover new corners nearly everywhere. For example, there are so many different animals I encounter during the night, like foxes, cats, rabbits, bats, birds, snakes, and so on. They also seem to explore the urban landscape.
Brunches are a weekend staple, which spots stand out to you?
I love to cook and try out new things in my kitchen whenever I can, rather than go out to eat. And luckily, we’ve got so many regional gems here, I especially love the variety of mushrooms and vegetables. You can find almost everything you can think of at the numerous farmers’ markets and such. Whether you get a chance to get up early or you’re still awake, the weekend is perfect for that.
Best dirty late-night street food option?
That has got to be “Falaferia“, also located at the train station where “Fluc“ is. It’s got the best plant-based wraps, hot dogs, fries and also fresh juices. I’ve been eating there for many years and I can only strongly recommend it to anyone looking for something restoring and wholesome. You won’t be disappointed!
Where can we shop for records and music memorabilia in Vienna?
Usually, when I’ve got the time, I just walk into any music shop or music store that crosses my way and start listening to random music, or try out some new instruments. Most of my instruments or records I get or bring home from other countries, so I’ve yet to check out most of the records stores in Vienna.
Your Sunday escape plan when you need to get away from it all?
My escape plan is driving out to the place I grew up, in the middle of a forest near the outer rim of Vienna. The trees, the river and the small lakes seem to restore my inner calm and help me take a break. Honestly, I think absolutely everyone, young and old, should regularly spend time in nature, if somehow possible. It balances out the stress of the urban life and with so many distractions and this very virtual day and age, I think a little walk in some greenery goes a long way.
Something everyone should do when visiting Vienna, but probably hasn’t?
Definitely check out one of the larger parks here. I was born and raised right in the middle of “Lobau“, a region around the Danube river that is something like a mixture between a recreational area and a national park. If you’re visiting the city and still got some spare time, make sure to go for a walk there, it’s beautiful. You can also go for a swim pretty much everywhere along the Danube river.
A track that reminds you of your childhood in the city? (If not originally from this city, a song that reminds you of when you first moved here)
One-piece particularly reminds me of my childhood in Vienna, I wrote it years ago. It’s called “Blur,“ from my debut album Coeur Calme. The piece is about the memory itself, and also how I remember it, all a bit blurry. I recall it being a night in winter. I witnessed my first snowfall. I’m looking out of the window, and everything starts to turn white and sparkle in the light of the moon. I hear the voices of my parents. They’re explaining to me what snow is. That’s the whole memory.
What are other great exports that come from Vienna?
We’ve got quite a few tea and coffee houses in Vienna, so if you visit and happen to be around one you should definitely grab a cup or two, and maybe also get a few blends to take back home. You can find everything from black to red, green and white teas, some very special blends as well. My personal favorites at the moment are peppermint and white teas.
A gift you can’t leave Vienna without taking home for friends?
I don’t know, probably coffee or Manner-biscuits? Personally, I feel like there’s no one specific thing you can take from here, it’s more like Vienna has a tiny bit of every other city in itself. There are hundreds of different cuisines and atmospheres, from everywhere around the world. I think that’s what I like best about it, everything’s diverse and will leave a colorful impression.
Pre-order the new EP from Kimyan Law here, out 8th November on Blu Mar Ten Music