Sometimes an artist has one release where it all comes together, and for Deadboy it feels very much like his upcoming White Magick EP on Local Action is just that. Although, like Local Action labelmate Yamaneko, he’s touched on grimy soundsets and ambient textures before, this is where he really cuts loose with all of these influences and a whole lot more: as he explains below. When Kate Bush meets Novelist, and Japanese 80s New Age relaxation cassettes meet the newest Jamaican production styles, you know there’ll be magick in the air.
Mark Isham Vapor Drawings
This album is beautiful, Isham was a jazz trumpeter who I guess got involved with synthesisers. He now makes tons of hollywood soundtracks; you have probably heard loads of his music.
Rogue Unit “Dance of the Sarooes (Nookie remix)”
This and the original and the B side and anything by Rogue Unit. Steve Gurley in his hardcore guise. One of my favourite producers ever.
Iasos “The Royal Court of the Goddess Vesta”
Iasos’ music is so beautiful. He is incredible at manipulating sound and synthesizers. This is from the cassette Jewelled Space.
This sounds so stoned and blown out, and I love her voice.
Mkwaju Ensemble “Hot Air”
This is from the album Ki Motion: the whole thing is great.
Misik Muzik “Cute Bubble Riddim”
All the girls jumped on this riddim and there are so many good versions.
Alice Coltrane “Turiya Sings”
This is one of the tracks from Turiya Sings, this and Divine Songs are a couple of amazing cassette only releases she did in the early 80s.
Hiroshi Yoshimura “Green”
Novelist & Mumdance “1 Sec”
I thought I better put something grimey in. Fun fact: Novelist lives a couple roads down from me. And Redinho lives on the road behind. And Kate Bush wrote “Wuthering Heights” on the road in front.
Fleetwood Mac “Sara”
It was a toss up between this and “Storms”, both proper soul baring Stevie Nicks numbers. Such a beautiful voice.
Deadboy plays Boiler Room next week. He’ll be joined by Local Action label-boss Tom Lea and imprint allies Mokona and Yamaneko in our loft studio. Strictly all-white dress code and psychedelic projections provided by visual artist Rachel Noble. More information on the session here.
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