Hey ho and a happy Saturday to all from the lovely city of Bath.
Nary a block of concrete in sight. Lovely.
Long-time aficionados will know of my long-time association as graphics bloke with Hardcore Lives! Records, a small label specialising in new, high-quality breakbeat music with a 90s rave flavour. There’s not been many releases this year, but one has just popped up and it’s an absolute belter:
Nefti’s crisp and frenetic breaks are always a joy to hear, and they don’t fail to hit the spot here, either – importantly, I Can’t Stand It manages to pick a short, looped vocal sample that isn’t incredibly annoying when layered heavily throughout, which is definitely a good thing. The whole package of 3 similar mixes hold together as a solid, cohesive whole, but my personal pick is the Orestiz mix, which ramps up the contrast with some warm, padded breakdowns, big stabs and pleasant flourishes that ensures a last tune-style flow from beginning to end.
I’ve been listening to this heavily for the last couple of days – genuinely recommended.
Happened to be sitting here upon a Sunday afternoon, so I thought I’d rootle around for a couple of other things I made a while back. They’re below.
I’ve kicked off or exhumed a diverse range of projects, so now I’m running around after doing a load of graphics, some tongue-in-cheek music production (just to keep my hand in, y’know) and some websites too, natch.
All in all, it’s proving a thoroughly enjoyable pastime. Making something you like from scratch is one of the best feelings in the world.
Today’s trip down Memory Lane begins with the first of two Hardcore Lives record covers. This moody number is for one of the more recent releases by Sparki Dee, which I put together during an astonishingly late evening at the keyboard. Required about three attempts at getting the typography right, partly due to the fact I kept falling asleep.
Our second excursion is an earlier version of the Electrux cover I posted a short while back. On reflection, I think I prefer this one as it’s less lurid and the punched-through text reflects the title more accurately. A candidate for a Special Edition release or similar in the future, then.
That’ll do for now. Keep on truckin’!
Here’s a little something I put together for the excellent electronic artist Electrux over on Hardcore Lives records.
His second full-length album spans the darker spaces of trance and breaks. Recommended.
In reflection, it’s rather more saturated than I originally intended, but all concerned were satisfied nevertheless.