Probably the best if-you’re-in-the-mood-for-it album of 2012 so far is Kill For Love, the smolderingly regretful record from Chromatics. The experimental pop album heavily adapted italo-disco and ’80s synth-pop into the band’s own mould, working hedonistic sounds into a sense of deep-seated melancholy. It’s album that’s received a lot of rightful attention after the band’s feature in the Drive soundtrack, and only builds on the aesthetic set forth by that contribution and their last full-length, Night Drive. However, even with all the critical acclaim the record has garnered, it turns out that Johnny Jewel, the producer and multi-instrumentalist driving the band, hasn’t finished tinkering with Kill For Love yet.

“It’s 11 tracks, because some of the tracks don’t have drums to begin with. It’s all the pop songs without drums… I was really liking the way the vocal mixes sounded with no drums and I think that the drums on the album are so heavy, that it’s interesting to hear the record as this almost-empty, almost-a cappella kind of thing.”

The new, percussion-less version of Kill For Love is available for free download below. The modifications are blunt, it’s expected that the songs will sound different, but not that they would sound this good or provide an internal debate on which version is better. The re-sequenced track list only helps push this version as a work on its own and not just a gimmick. If you haven’t checked out the original incarnation of the record, buy it on iTunes, and catch the band on tour, dates below as well.

Chromatics – Kill For Love (Drumless)

5/12 Mexico City, Mexico – Auditorio Blackberry
5/30 Copenhagen, Denmark – Distortion Festival
5/31 Paris, France – La Gaîté Lyrique
6/2 Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
6/4 Dublin, Ireland – Forbidden Fruit Festival
6/6 London, England – Village Underground
6/7 Rome, Italy – TBA
6/8 Milan, Italy – TBA
6/9 Brussels, Belgium – Brussels Film Fest
6/29 – 7/1 Rothbury, MI – Electric Forest
7/13 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
7/14 Chicago, IL – TBA
7/17 Boston, MA – House of Blues
7/21 Philadelphia, PA – The Electric Factory
7/22 Brooklyn, NY – Fixed x Dog and Pony at Dekalb Market


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