errrr.. okay, well. Thank you DJ Magazine for nominating 'Man is Deaf' for Best Album 2014 in their 'Best of British' awards thing.
I would never be that guy who pesters everyone to vote, but feel free if you get a spare minute. ---> http://djmag.com/node/51230
Thank you :D
Many thanks to BBC Introducing in Kent for having me in the studio yesterday, to chat and play some tracks off the album.
Also interviewed - Dead Ceremony - who I worked with recently.
Thanks to David and Chris for their kind words on working together.
Hey folks... There's also a limited edition CD version of the album which includes a bonus disc.
'Nature Isn't Mute (Man is Deaf 'B Sides')'
Limited edition of 100, hand-stamped and numbered. Full colour 4 panel artwork. Includes download of digital bundle in format of your choice (24 Bit Wav, mp3, Apple Lossless, FLAC, mp3HD and AAC).
Buy it directly from Civil Music's online store.
Have a great weekend!
The Beat are premiering Track 2 from my forthcoming album, which is called 'Dance' and features my good friend Stuart Warwick on vocals.
Man is Deaf is out on November 10th on Civil Music.
Thank you to Skream for playing 'Art Ebb Lull Us' on his BBC Radio 1 show last night.
It's Track 7 on my forthcoming album 'Man is Deaf' available 10th of November through Civil Music.
Here's a rip if you'd like to listen...
The full show is available to hear on iplayer..
I can't believe this album is 10 years old already... jeez
It's been re-issued on vinyl anyway. If you like electronic sounds that you've never heard before (and this probably still stands after 10 years) check it out. A masterpiece.
Big thank you to Nemone for playing 'Be Lost' from my forthcoming album on her BBC Radio 6 Music show last night.
Here's a rip if you fancy a listen..
Listen to the full show here.. (1 hour 50 mins).
The song features Veronica So on vocals who is better known for fronting the band TEETH!!! and also features saxophone from Jorja Renn who can be regularly seen tearing shit up onstage with Bryan Ferry. A massive thank you to them for their musical contributions.
Here is a remix I did for Feel my Bicep's 'Satisfy'.
Released on 12" vinyl on the 26th of August with another Satisfy remix by John Talabot on the flip-side.
(p.s. I think SoundCloud's encoder is distorting the audio a bit here)
Here is a remix I did for Zebadiah, streaming exclusively at Ransom Note.
Buy this + originals on vinyl through Chasing Unicorns.
Thanks to Nemone for opening her BBC 6 Music Show with this on Friday.
Very few artists are able to draw upon from a variety of music genres and craft it into their own, unique style. Brassica happens to be one of those select few, and perhaps it’s his knowledge and fine tuned production skills that helped him hone in a very unique vibe on his debut release, Man is Deaf.
Within moments of listening to the album, it becomes difficult to not obsess over each and every individual track. Featuring moments of pulsating synths, clean cut beats and haunting vocal melodies thanks to guest artists such as Stuart Warwick and Veronica So, Man is Deaf is for any listener looking for that perfect weekend album to groove to.
What were your earlier connections to music?
In terms of hearing music, my earliest distinct memory of a song was The Pointer Sisters - ‘Jump For My Love’, which had an awesome synth riff. I remember focusing on how the riff sounded more than the words or anything - the energy it omitted and the way it was somehow tangible, like it could fit in your mouth and be chewed into shape. I was about 2 or 3 years old.
My earliest connection in a creative sense, well, I was born in 1981, and I always loved music but never responded to traditional band music, like Phil Collins, when I was a kid. I would try and copy anyone I saw on TV with turntables – Bomb The Bass, S’Express, Soul II Soul. I would set up 2 hi-fi systems as decks, spray-paint my speakers… I was always sticking screwdrivers into things and pulling stuff apart and rewiring. I used to make a lot of tape compilations. I tried to breakdance and skateboard, too, but quickly figured they’re not for me!
It’s no secret that Spanish mastermind Henry Saiz has made an indelible impression upon the industry of electronic music as we know it today. Transcending status quo, he is revered for his cunning ability to transform music and natural elements into an almost indescribable soundscape, absorbing influences from house, rock, synth-pop, balearic, and experimental electronica. He’s performed solo as well as with his live band around the globe at many of the most iconic clubs & festivals, including Fabric, Stereo, Sonar, Creamfields, and Global Gathering, and he has a long-standing weekly radio show, The Labyrinth. He boasts a discography of well over 150 releases on respected labels such as Bedrock, Suara, Last Night on Earth, and microCastle, and he is also label boss for Natura Sonoris, which celebrates its eighth anniversary this year. Now, running on the heels of his late 2015 EP release Rituales comes the Spaniard’s much-anticipated three-track EP, Secrets, featuring two remixes by UK artist Brassica.
This latest production has all the signature Saiz elements–warm undertones, sumptuous vocals, heightened melodies, and propellant percussion. In its original form, Secrets commences with gentle stabs overtop a droning bassline and jabs of warpy, storm-infused synths, easily catching your attention as the journey begins to unfold. A haunting vocal then trickles in alongside subtle plucks of guitar-like keys, adding a sensual layer to the experience while the emotion steadily builds. The lyrics suggest a somewhat romantic innocence–a hope for intimacy bearing truth without condition. Fusing fierce kicks and siren-like effects, Henry navigates the ebb and flow of the deeply brooding bassline with ease and perfection. Weaving effortlessly through each melodic intricacy with just the right key change and intention, he portrays his keen artistry for a skillfully layered acoustic landscape.
Beautifully complimenting Henry’s original version comes two energized reworks from Brassica. In the first remix, Brassica takes a much groovier approach, meshing tropical vibes and tribal-esque marimba with an arpeggiated synth and a deeper, digging bassline, making it an exquisite beach-side accompaniment. His club version kicks it up an extra notch as he darkens the kick and enhances the rhythmic percussion, while preserving the raw, upbeat, and uninhibited feeling throughout.
Art Ebb Lull Us by Brassica - That must be an anagram, right? It is: “Tubular Bells”. While the synth ostinato does indeed echo Mike Oldfield’s masterpiece, the rhythm track reminds me even more of Simple Minds’ “This Earth That You Walk Upon”—a dub version in which Vince Clarke lays down a synth lead to replace Jim Kerr’s vocals. I like it!