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Ki Records presents Colo's debut album. The name UR is a word-play and not a reference to the legendary Detroit label Underground Resistance. The band's name and the title of the album form the word "colo-ur." All ten tracks on UR were recorded live and arranged on the computer afterwards. Except for some drum sounds, no samples were used. For the London-based duo, producing music is pure teamwork: both throw in ideas and play around with their hardware instruments. Besides vintage synthesizers they also use a lot of analog delay or an eight-track recorder to give their tracks a certain layered and deep sound structure. The fragile vocals sung by Nick Smith underline this in a mystical way. Most tracks are created intuitively and directly recorded, to save the idea and not to lose its feel for the moment. One take, one track, you could say, although not every detail of the initial idea makes it to the final track. But if you listen closely, "Doorframe," for example, has the room-sound of their studio underneath the vocals which gives the song a rough and fading quality. The vocals on "Holidays" were also made on the fly, recorded with a cheap mic that came with a game console. Nick just felt he should record this melodic idea he had, in order to not forget it, and what resulted was so good and unique-sounding, that it was kept for the final version. The single "Holidays" was released beforehand featuring a remix by Christian Löffler.