Archive for January 7, 2012
Special Friends EP is a collection of collaborations, remixes, and two original tracks put together over the last 6 months.
Now living in a sparsely populated village in the mountains, I’ve found myself with an abundance of inspiration and time to further explore production. This is a taste of what I’ve been working on.
I’m particularly excited about the roster of people who were involved with this release– Melissa Sweat (Lady Lazarus/California), Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit/Boston), Kubo Masayuki (And Vice Versa/Osaka) and Wong Lip Chin (visual artist in Singapore). They are all fantastic in their own right and I was excited to get creatively engaged with such a wide variety of cool people.
Magical Mistakes contextualizes Lady Lazarus‘ gentle croon amidst a hissing ambient soundscape- a place that I don’t want to ever have to leave.-ZenTapes
There’s always been something cutting about the music of Erik Luebs. Even the duality in his name, Magical Mistakes, suggests an appeal to more than just one part of your being. It’s music for the train, when you know what your leaving behind, but you’re not a hundred percent sure about where you’re headed. -SmokeDon’tSmoke
…listen through a decent pair of headphones, lock your door, and close your eyes.-NeighborhoodBrains
Special Friends EP Free Downloads
Nottingham native and Wigflex head honcho Spam Chop teams up with local record label and clothing boutique Mimm for the second release on the imprint. Having already released collaborative efforts with Berkane Sol’s Geoim, Spam Chop steps up with a 3-track EP that showcases his love of unconventional electronic dance music.
Lead track, Cuckup, struts along with all the rhythmic intricacies of 2-step Garage but with a futuristic spin akin to contemporary UK producers such as Brackles and James Fox. Somewhat melancholic but highly erratic in the same breath it progresses into a crescendo of high-pitched synths that are sure to prick up a few ears.
As the EP progresses Spam Chop begins to step into Techno territory and keeps his eyes firmly on the dancefloor. After a deceptively mellow intro, Blergzz erupts into a flurry of frenzied basslines with some ultra-tight drum programming which emits the raw vibes of off-kilter Techno from the likes of Scuba and Blawan.
Finishing off proceedings is Frames which is no slouch by anyones standards. Relying on the 4/4 signature more than the other tracks on the EP, it is a trippy excursion that builds with a haunting analogue synth and some crispy but sparse percussion. This is definitely one for the after hours and early mornings.
Having already been championed by tastemakers such Mary Anne Hobbs, Spam Chop is well on is way to carving out his own niche within the UK underground after years of being involved in the clubbing scene and this EP is an audio document of just some of the sounds he’s played a part in.
You can head over to the Mimm Shop now for a peak of the limited edition vinyl & jumper package for the Cuckup EP, all designed by the man Spam Chop himself