In anticipation for the new Mount Kimbie album, I revisited their previous records over the weekend and listened to some of their live performances. And while at it, I found this video above, a recording of their show at Brighton’s The Great Escape festival this summer.
The duo’s follow-up to Crooks & Lovers will be out on Warp in the not so distant future (maybe even this year?), Fact Magazine had the chance to ask them a couple of questions on that.
October 19, 2012 There’s another new interview over on Pitchfork
December 24, 2012 Grab an audio recording of the live-show above!
I’ve been a huge fan of Ital Tek ever since I came across his Massive Error EP back in 2009. As you might know, his new album will be out on Planet Mu late next month. To make the wait worthwhile, he posted this track that didn’t make it on the record.
Also, you can listen to snippets from the new album which goes by the name of Nebula Dance. Loving the warm sounds and I’m looking much forward to receiving my copy after it drops on October 22, 2012.
As mentioned in our previous interview with Tropics, his new EP on Planet Mu will be released later this month. The Fader has premiered a video for the title track Mouves.
The EP comes with Falty DL and Keep Shelly In Athens remixes, will be available on 12-inch vinyl and digital, and will be released on July 18, 2011.
You will find more previews on the Planet Mu website, where you can also pre-order the release.
Almost forgot posting this one, it’s a new track from Brighton’s Ital Tek. He has just released a new EP on his own Atom River imprint and this track almost made it on the release.
Instead it has become a free download for you to grab. If you like it, make sure to get the digital Whip It Up EP from Boomkat, Bleep and the likes.
We’d really like to cover Brighton’s Tropics a little more, but with only one release, the massive Soft Vision EP, a video (or watch below) and a couple of mixtapes, there is little to cover. So we got in contact with Tropics via his SoundCloud page and did a little interview, our 1000th post!
I wonder myself how I first came across your music, so maybe you can start by introducing yourself. Who is Tropics and what does he do?
Tropics is me, Chris Ward. Im 23, in my final year at Southampton University studying Digital Music. I sing, play keys & guitar and produce my music.
Is Tropics your first musical project, have there been other projects before?
I count it as my first as what came before was pretty dire in my eyes, Ive been producing as Tropics for about three or four years. It started out as a bedroom project and over those years evolved all the way to me producing my first debut album and performing a live show with a band.
There’s a lot of space in your music. How are you working, are you a hardware or a software guy? How do you achieve your sound?
Software for synths always. Id love to buy a hardware synth one day. I use all hardware for bass guitar and electric guitar instruments though. And I also have a drum kit i record hits or loops from. I’ve played the drums since I was about 10, I love it and get a bit jealous of Morgan’s job when we play live!
Your music awakens memories of the stuff I listened to as a child, yet I can’t figure out what it reminds me of. Something between Kate Bush, Vangelis and Steve Reich maybe, but it could also be on a Sophia Coppola soundtrack. What are your influences?
Yeah the tracks on the ep were very 70’s and 80’s sampled-based music apart from Soft Vision, they were a few early demos Id be working on over the last couple of years. Around the time of release I knew I wanted to go down the Soft Vision route for an album, I picked up the singing and use of more live instruments so that’s what Ive been working on over the last year. Mainly taking the inspiration from the kind of artists I’ve previously sampled and performing an ensemble how they would, rather than just sample them!
I’m feeling a bit unpleasant about the next question, but would you describe your music like? I’ve seen the word “chillwave” here and there, but I can’t really make anything out of it. What do you think about it (I think I’ve seen you using it yourself) and can you explain it to us? Just a another word?
I really don’t mind what people call it, genre definitions I always find tricky with my music. I’d describe it as quite emotional, hot and atmospheric. Very nostalgic in places, and soulful?
Is that why you’ve chosen to call yourself Tropics? I think of certain colors and your music is bringing those colors on my mind.
I chose the name Tropics when I started the project out about three or four years ago, at that time I wanted something that gave hot and colourful imagery, which is the vision I had for the music.. I was making a mixture of sounds, most very ‘tropical’ so the name’s always fitted.
How’s the work on the album progressing? Can you share any details with us yet?
It’s very nearly finished, however I say that a lot and continue to make new tracks haha. I believe It will be out in September.
And is there any other music coming from you before that?
Yep, look out for an EP prior to the album in summer. It is finished and the album’s nearly there. The EP is called ‘Mouves’ and will be released early July, it will be showcasing my new style with my vocals and more matured approach to Tropics that I’ve developed since gigging with my band, and the album will follow it up in September.
You’re playing a wide selection of styles in your DJ mixes, are you interested in doing side projects where you go in a different direction or maybe collaborations?
Sure, after this album finishes I have a couple potential collabs and as for side projects I’d like to produce some film music or bands/other artists.
Already got any projects in sight? Do you consider yourself being a movie guy? What are you into?
There’s nothing much on the film horizon yet, i do have a friend making films so may try to get some experience working with him there. I love all sorts of movies but im real big on my old school style gangster flicks!
What new music have you been feeling in the last year?
Keep Shelly In Athens who are currently remixing a track of mine, great music. Bibio’s new album is also a winner. So many debut albums to come out this year, very exciting!
Let’s sum up those links one more time, so you can listen or buy some of Chris’ music. Planet Mu is the label that puts his music out, he blogs on Tumblr and uploads new tracks and mixtapes on SoundCloud. Please check him out!
Hit and Hope‘s very own Naive Machine is giving away a tune I’d like to share with you this weekend.
Go for the download and keep an eye out on MySpace for more tunes and event updates.
Signed to the newly founded Hit and Hope label, Brighton based Klic (aka Medlar) is a young producer forging a sound somewhere between techno and garage. For the latest podcast, he put together new music from the likes of Actress, Greymatter, Throwing Snow and some of his own, mostly unreleased music.
Listen | Download | Subscribe (iTunes)01. Naive Machine – Afrika
02. Throwing Snow – Delorean
03. Greymatter – When I Was Lost (Milyoo Remix)
04. Greymatter – Only To Fall
05. FCL – Let’s Go
06. The Incredible Bongo Band – Sharp Nine (Klic Remix)
07. The Mountain People – Mountain010.1
08. Herbert – Close To Me
09. Actress – Always Human
10. Klic & Greymatter – Thinking About You
11. Vince Watson – Intrisync
12. Kelvin K – MYloveisTRUE
13. STL & Stephen Hitchell – Dub Zero (Rever Dub House Remix)
14. Pole – Huckenpack
15. Shed – The Bot
16. Klic – Moniker
17. Article – Landn E.L.O
18. Peverelist – Fighting Without Fighting
19. Marchmellow & Riskotheque – I Need Ya
If you’ve enjoyed this mix, please read this interview with Klic and check him out on SoundCloud or MySpace. You can also vote for this mix on Mixcloud!
I first came across Ned Pegler’s music through a promo package by the newly founded Hit and Hope label out of Brighton. Being very convinced about his sound, I asked him for a guestmix and this little interview.
Could you please start by introducing yourself?
I’m Ned, I’m a 24 year old who’s been releasing techno/garage inspired music under the name Klic for the past year or so.
Is this how you started? Have you learned an instrument or played in a band?
I’ve only just started releasing stuff but I’ve been making music for quite a while, about 8 years on a computer and a few years playing the drums and a bit of guitar before that. Only starting to get stuff I’d be willing to put out there now though. I used to jam around in bedrooms and garages with school mates, playing nirvana songs and stuff like that! Then started recording on tape recorders with built in mics and various other crude ways, kind of miss it a bit!
So what was your defining moment to make music, how did you fall in love with music?
I remember hearing the Prodigy Experience and some other (quite cheesy) old hardcore and jungle and thought the beats were absoloutely mad. I didn’t have a clue how it was done and wanted to find out. Then a mate showed me some cheap software (Fruity Loops, Acid, stuff like that) and I tried making it. I ended up fully into drum and bass and refused to listen to anything else for quite a while. Calibre, Breakage, Photek were big influences.
Have your ways of working changed since then or do you still use software to create music?
I’m pretty much all in the box but I like recording things to liven things up a bit. For the “Thinking About You” track I recorded some melodica and even my own vocals which I’d never done before. At the moment I’m recording on my phone all the time so most of my tracks have some field recording in the background: cities, trains etc. Inspired by the dub techno/Basic Channel sound. I really want an analog synth or two as well, but lack of funds is preventing me at the moment.
I read this interview with Pangaea yesterday, and it’s the same thing: only using software. That kinda surprised me.
It’s just so available now that almost anyone can give it a try which is ultimately good. But we’ll end up with loads of half finished, crap music all over the internet which isn’t so good! I do think it’s really important to get some raw, organic sounds involved though when making music completely inside a computer as it’s all a bit lifeless compared to early electronic music where it was all jammed live so you get more interesting structures and the little imperefections which make it special.
I love listening to stuff like early house techno at the moment where it’s technically really badly produced but sounds like there’s so much more soul in it..
…and it would be a lot of work to achieve this in software, those little imperfections…
Yes, definitely! Ableton has made it easier to get more human structures to tracks but computers can’t really do that overdriven cheap mixer sound! I think it’s ultimately limitations which bring out the most creative sides of people – too many options, too much information these days.
Let’s talk about Hit and Hope, a new label from your hometown Brighton and how I came to hear about you. How did that come about?
I’ll just point out first it’s not my hometown! I was from Somerset near Bristol but moved there when was 18 or 19. A few of us who had been friends for a while wanted to start a collective for music, art, video and keep it all very open so people could join or leave without any real egos or strict rules. The idea of a label was just a part of Hit and Hope really but it’s turned out that’s what we’ve put most of our time into. Rob, who does the majority of the work for the label is old friends with Naive Machine and so had access to loads of tracks which are all pretty amazing so we used a couple for our first release. Then I’ve put together the 2nd which is an EP of techno/dubstep stuff. I don’t think we really have a plan for the “sound” of the label as we may all be into different stuff in a year or two. Just keep it interesting and release stuff which we are feeling.
When I think of Brighton, I think of Quadrophenia and the whole big beat thing back in the nineties. Maybe you can reshape my picture about music scene there
Yeah, it’s an interesting place because it’s actually pretty small for a city, compared to Bristol, Manchester, obviously London. And because of that everyone tends to bump into each other quite a lot which keeps it all quite friendly. There’s a big live scene with lots of ska and dub bands, a few labels are based there too. I don’t think there’s one dominant sound of the city though. Although it seems to have got a bit crowded with dubstep nights as of late which is a bit of a shame.
Before we went on record, we were talking about Domu. How did you perceive that music, because I always felt that of all the post-dnb genres, broken beat was most overlooked. Ironically, UK funky gets lot more exposure now, though it has a lot in common with broken beat.
Good question! I got quite into broken beat about 2006/7 and it definately was overlooked. Perhaps because of being very jazz influenced it ended up making it pretty inaccessible for a lot of people. A lot of older Domu and Simbad records could quite easily come out now and be really popular.
Do you think the sound wasn’t hard enough to get wider attention, like it was for early drum & bass or dubstep? People like Seiji and Altered Natives both managed to outlive broken beat.
Yeah, there’s still people doing it well. It’s just another example of how once a genre is established people start worrying more about trying to fit into it and it ends up kind of imploding until it’s all regurgitated. Dubstep was good as it made everyone else in all the other genres look at what they were doing and realise they could do whatever they want! Like house and drum & bass were pretty distant from each other before, but then they had this connection. I think I prefer dubstep as a movement than the actual genre itself, it just opened things up a bit.
So, back to your music. What releases do you have planned, what should we look out for?
A remix of a Greymatter track “Raw Root” came out on Unique Uncut not too long ago, on an EP with other mixes from Altered Natives, Throwing Snow, Mr Lager and Milyoo. In the coming months I have the Dachshund Skank EP coming out on Hit and Hope in October, as well as my collaboration with Greymatter “Thinking About You” coming on a Simbad compilation on Brownswood and also my Incredible Bongo Band remix coming out on Mr Bongo Bass. I’m working on a Naive Machine remix for the first hit and hope vinyl release too, which will hopefully come out this year.
And finally, what music did you pick for your mixtape?
I went with a few of my own forthcoming tracks, some dubs from Article.01, Greymatter, Marchmellow & Riskotheque, Kelvin K, Throwing Snow and Naive Machine and some house and techno tracks I’ve been feeling from the past year or so as well as an old Matthew Herbert track to top it off.
As usual, I’ve posted a couple of Klic’s own music. You can find more on his SoundCloud or MySpace, Hit and Run also have some more of his tracks online.
The other day, I received a beautifully packaged press kit from Brighton’s new Hit and Hope label. Once I removed the shiny silver wrap, it revealed several postcard designs, a poster and a CD sampler. Click below to see it yourself!
On the sampler are six tracks from forthcoming releases by Naive Machine and Klic, ranging from bleepy 8-bit beats to deep moody dubstep – just the sound we love and promote on this site.
Naive Machine – Cement Mix (clip):
Klic – Forward (clip):
Expect Naive Machine’s single “Cement Mix” out next week on July 19th, later in August Klic should follow. If you’re in or around London, you can catch Naive Machine performing live on July 30th at Corsica Studios.
For more on this young label, visit the Hit and Hope website, grab the free download and follow them on SoundCloud, MySpace or Twitter.