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My Panda Shall Fly - Higher [SRR007]
Format: Pea green casette and digital
Out: 27th January 2014
Pre-order: via Bandcamp
Our first release of 2014 comes from the South London dwelling producer, My Panda Shall Fly. Long since a friend of the label, MPSF’s music has blossomed through numerous fits, starts and collaborations with his work adorning multiple imprints since he first emerged in 2011. But with his latest 6 track EP, Higher, his tonal and textural ideas have found a consistent voice adapting to the array of different tempos perfectly.
“These tracks are loosely based around the concept of ‘sacred pain’,” offers MPSF of the EP; “an extremely fascinating subject I’d found myself digging into without any real prior warning. After learning about the myriads of ways individuals endure affliction and suffering for their various beliefs across the planet, I recalled witnessing such an act for the first time when I was aged nine, in my home-town of Kandy, Sri Lanka. Without doubt the spectacle left quite a mark upon my psyche, so much so that it evokes this memory some eighteen years later.”
“In practice, I wanted to keep pushing myself to explore new modes and forms of making music, sometimes to a point of never repeating or re-using a particular effect that I’d used previously. Upon later reflection, I found that the assorted approaches I applied to these six tracks paralleled the diversity of discomfort which individuals put themselves through in the name of religion around the planet.”
1. haus / transferring sorrow
2. ark (spirit servant)
4. groupp mind
6. fish r friends
Fuewa’s Birth Palace EP is out today on cassette & digital.
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SRR005: Fuewa - Birth Palace
Pre-order: via Bandcamp
After the boom of pitch perfect, cleaner than clean house-music-with-heavy-bass deflated and subsided, fuzz and decay are two tools that seem to have crept into a lot of producer’s arsenals more and more. And whilst it’s important to acknowledge the fact that emphasizing rough textures isn’t really something new - it’s a concept that artists whose work has endlessly influenced the direction of our record label have built careers out of - it’s definitely an approach that’s had an impact on the musical output of Chris Sallows.
Working as Microburst, he’s released music on Svetlana Industries and Cleaning Tapes, but through accepting and developing his output to incorporate more distorted elements, he emerged out of his Dorset studio with a fully-fledged new artist project: Fuewa. Birth Palace, is the first official outing under his new moniker and across the 6 tracks he explores the reams of potential he found amongst a sound palette of blown out kick drums and jagged pads.
2. Outa Banks
4. La Void
5. Time Paint
6. Black Illusion Fall Out
Fuewa’s Birth Palace will be released on 1st July 2013 on metallic red cassette & digital. Pre-order the cassette here: sonicrouter.bandcamp.com/album/birth-palace
SRR004: Bambooman - Hollowed EP
Bambooman’s production work is a little bit of an anomaly; on the one hand it feels infallibly clean with a heavy emphasis on the punch of his kick drums, but it’s notably reliant on textures at the same time. The way he makes that level of contrast between the found sounds and the synthesized tones work is what first caught our ear through his own Sound Healers compilations and his remixes for people like Crewdson, but with his Hollowed EP the Leeds based beatsmith explores that tonal juxtaposition even further across seven original tracks.
“A large part of the EP is made up of recordings I have made along with sounds I have synthesized or vocals sent from friends,” he offers of his processes. “It’s a way I’ve been trying to work more and more. It’s basically a collection of tracks which represented the styles I was messing with at that time.”
A hip hop producer at heart, Bambooman’s experiments tend to temper the slower tempos, revelling in that slower pace. But whether he’s simply decorating the lurch and snap of tracks like ‘Stacks’ or ‘Skip’ with airy pads so that his enveloping basslines pull the focus or toying with the voices of his synths on beats like ‘Frosted’ or ‘Hollowed’, he manages to make his output sit comfortably with the low end addled zeitgeist.
5. Irish Moss
8. Irish Moss (Zack Christ Remix)
9. Sun (Eckoclick Remix)
* denotes tracks included on 7”
Bambooman’s Hollowed EP will be released as an extensive digital package featuring remixes from Zack Christ and Eckoclick on 29th April 2013. You can pre-order a 7” version which features ‘Hollowed’ & ‘Fields’: here.