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Tony Simon AKA Blockhead was born and raised in Downtown Manhattan, in New York City. The son of an artist, he found a fondness for music at a young age. In particular, he fell in love with Hip Hop. In his early teens he began penning rhymes and eventually was part of a group called The Overground with a bunch of his friends. While he loved rapping, he also always had an interest in the musical side of things so he would soon abandon his dreams of being a rapper for being the man who made the beats. This was a wise choice.

Eventually, he and his friend Aesop Rock would meet and begin to make music together and release it on the internet. In 2000, Aesop's album Float was released on Mush Records and quickly propelled both Aesop and Blockhead into notoriety. After that, Blockhead released a breakbeat album on Mush called Blockhead's Broke Beats.

After a few years more years of making beats for rappers, Blockhead put out his first solo instrumental record on Ninja Tune records , titled Music by Cavelight. This was the first of four critically acclaimed albums he has since released on the UK based label.

He also was one half of the comedy rap duo Party Fun Action Committee, which was released on Definitive Jux records in 2003.

As well as making solo albums and working with Aesop, blockhead has also worked with artists like Murs, Slug, Mike Ladd, Cage, Open Mike Eagle, Maclethal, SA Smash, Isaiah Toothtaker, Illogic and others.

Blockhead has also been busy touring the last 8 years with groups like Aesop Rock, Dj Cam, Amon Tobin, Bonobo, Kid Koala, Cold Cut,  Emancipator, and many others.

Currently, he's finsishing up a bevy of projects , including a new solo album Interludes After Midnight (His fifth album on Ninja Tune), and looking forward to releasing all that new music to the public in the near future.

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Tony Simon AKA Blockhead was born and raised in Downtown Manhattan, in New York City. The son of an artist, he found a fondness for music at a young age. In particular, he fell in love with Hip Hop. In his early teens he began penning rhymes and eventually was part of a group called The Overground with a bunch of his friends. While he loved rapping, he also always had an interest in the musical side of things so he would soon abandon his dreams of being a rapper for being the man who made the beats. This was a wise choice.

Eventually, he and his friend Aesop Rock would meet and begin to make music together and release it on the internet. In 2000, Aesop's album Float was released on Mush Records and quickly propelled both Aesop and Blockhead into notoriety. After that, Blockhead released a breakbeat album on Mush called Blockhead's Broke Beats.

After a few years more years of making beats for rappers, Blockhead put out his first solo instrumental record on Ninja Tune records , titled Music by Cavelight. This was the first of four critically acclaimed albums he has since released on the UK based label.

He also was one half of the comedy rap duo Party Fun Action Committee, which was released on Definitive Jux records in 2003.

As well as making solo albums and working with Aesop, blockhead has also worked with artists like Murs, Slug, Mike Ladd, Cage, Open Mike Eagle, Maclethal, SA Smash, Isaiah Toothtaker, Illogic and others.

Blockhead has also been busy touring the last 8 years with groups like Aesop Rock, Dj Cam, Amon Tobin, Bonobo, Kid Koala, Cold Cut,  Emancipator, and many others.

Currently, he's finsishing up a bevy of projects , including a new solo album Interludes After Midnight (His fifth album on Ninja Tune), and looking forward to releasing all that new music to the public in the near future.

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North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart known as Machinedrum has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, through solo Machinedrum work and with collaborative projects Sepalcure, JETS, Dream Continuum, or other mutations, Stewart has established himself as electronic music's true Renaissance man.

His debut as Machinedrum Now You Know, was released in 2001 on pioneering Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he was quickly able to navigate those various elements on his early releases from field recording and vintage synth laden Urban Biology to his seminal production and mixing of This Charming Mixtape with MC Theophilus London and his critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2? 2010's Many Faces EP ushered the next phase of Machinedrum's career and a fruitful relationship with Glasgow-based label LuckyMe. Sepalcure, a duo launched with Praveen Sharma shortly after, became one of the most intriguing names in the bass music scene and a series of releases on bubbling imprint Hotflush has given the duo NYC ambassadorship of this UK-based genre.

Relocating to Berlin for a few years, Machinedrum maintained a steady flow of releases including the Alarmaa and SXLND EPs with LuckyMe and the critically-acclaimed Room(s) LP on Planet Mu Records, a fresh new exploration of juke, jungle, and drum&bass that garnered high praise across the music world.

The dance floor blitzkrieg JETS, his latest project with longtime collaborator Jimmy Edgar has kept him ahead of the curve once again, serving as yet another showcase for his musical evolution.

His biggest and boldest release came last year in the form of the full-length LP Vapor City on famed label Ninja Tune, a conceptual universe which included an interactive website, digital citizenship program for fans, and an art exhibit in NYC that launched with the album. With subsequent EPs, exclusive remixes from a series of heavyweights, and a critically-acclaimed world tour, Vapor City carried on his rich exploration of multimedia arts and music.

Delivering his signature on every thing he touches, through each solo album and EP, collaborations, or production work for the likes of Azealia Banks, Jamie Liddell, Jesse Boykins III and others, Machinedrum is now widely recognized as a producer's producer, a pioneer of many styles, and a master of his craft.

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North Carolina-born artist Travis Stewart known as Machinedrum has produced and composed over a dozen albums under various aliases since his first independent release in 1999. Covering an astonishing variety of styles with ease, through solo Machinedrum work and with collaborative projects Sepalcure, JETS, Dream Continuum, or other mutations, Stewart has established himself as electronic music's true Renaissance man.

His debut as Machinedrum Now You Know, was released in 2001 on pioneering Miami-based Merck Records and gained worldwide attention and praise from musicians, fans and critics. Having a strong background in both acoustic and electronic instrumentation, he was quickly able to navigate those various elements on his early releases from field recording and vintage synth laden Urban Biology to his seminal production and mixing of This Charming Mixtape with MC Theophilus London and his critically acclaimed 2009 album Want To 1 2? 2010's Many Faces EP ushered the next phase of Machinedrum's career and a fruitful relationship with Glasgow-based label LuckyMe. Sepalcure, a duo launched with Praveen Sharma shortly after, became one of the most intriguing names in the bass music scene and a series of releases on bubbling imprint Hotflush has given the duo NYC ambassadorship of this UK-based genre.

Relocating to Berlin for a few years, Machinedrum maintained a steady flow of releases including the Alarmaa and SXLND EPs with LuckyMe and the critically-acclaimed Room(s) LP on Planet Mu Records, a fresh new exploration of juke, jungle, and drum&bass that garnered high praise across the music world.

The dance floor blitzkrieg JETS, his latest project with longtime collaborator Jimmy Edgar has kept him ahead of the curve once again, serving as yet another showcase for his musical evolution.

His biggest and boldest release came last year in the form of the full-length LP Vapor City on famed label Ninja Tune, a conceptual universe which included an interactive website, digital citizenship program for fans, and an art exhibit in NYC that launched with the album. With subsequent EPs, exclusive remixes from a series of heavyweights, and a critically-acclaimed world tour, Vapor City carried on his rich exploration of multimedia arts and music.

Delivering his signature on every thing he touches, through each solo album and EP, collaborations, or production work for the likes of Azealia Banks, Jamie Liddell, Jesse Boykins III and others, Machinedrum is now widely recognized as a producer's producer, a pioneer of many styles, and a master of his craft.

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Alfred Darlington isn’t a paint-by-numbers musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandyism), to how he makes music, or how he expresses
himself and views the world, his is a very individual ‘bespoke’ outlook. 

Alfred was born in Santa Monica in 1977 to an artist mother and professor father. Musical from very early on, as a child he was classically and jazz-trained in a number of instruments, but his interests were broad and varied – less a prodigy than a renaissance boy whose obsessions ranged from Greek legend to the mountains of Wales. As a 15 year old he finally persuaded his parents to take him to the Principality. Whilst in a YWCA in London he flipped the radio dial, found a pirate radio station and taped some UK rave and hardcore. “It was my first ‘Eureka!’ moment in music,” he says. 

Back in the US he joined local rock bands, jazz bands and ska bands, which he enjoyed but felt limited by, too. At home he was listening to Warp, Ninja and your harder electronic stuff. He started DJing out the more leftfield side of drum & bass and making his own rudimentary productions. They were meant to fit the d&b template but they kept turning out different and from his outsider’s experiments his own style was born. He chose the name Daedelus as he had a childhood obsession with invention, and what was he doing, after all, if not tinkering and fiddling and experimenting like the “gentleman inventors” of old? 

In 1999 he started DJing on Dublab.com for his 'Entropy Sessions' and began dropping in his own early demo productions. Carlos Nino (of Ammoncontact) had the show after him and usually pushed Alfred out the studio as quickly as possible as he was not so enamoured with Alfred’s leftfield-electronic DJ style, but when he heard a tranquil Daedelus production he took Daedelus and introduced him to the LA scene. Nino placed Daedelus tracks on two influential compilations and then Plug Research released his debut album, 'Invention' in 2002. Remixers included Madlib, who later took Daedelus' accordion parts and used them on 2004's Madvillain record. 

In 2003, he was booked to play a show in San Diego by Brian Crabtree and Peter Siegerstrong and the pair asked him to test out an early prototype of the Monome. "It’s a Non-traditional electronic instrument,” Daedelus explains. “Basically it allows for massive improvisation." Since then Daedelus has continued to use this revolutionary controller, bringing much genuine liveness to the sometimes static world of performed electronic/dance music. 

In 2003 he did 'The Weather' album with Busdriver and Radioinactive and the remix album 'Rethinking the Weather' on Mush records. 2004 saw the release of 'Of Snowdonia' on Plug Research, the album with which Daedelus says he first “felt true artistic confidence, finding a true voice. I was finally in the right zone.” 

There was certainly no let up in his creativity. Also in 2004 he released the concept album 'A Gent Agent' on micro-label Laboratory Instinct. The 2005 album 'Exquisite Corpse' on Mush featured the likes of TTC, Mike Ladd and MF DOOM. Ninja signed Daedelus for UK/Europe (a relationship which reached its full expression on 2008's 'Love To Make Music To', his first album for the label worldwide and put together with the help of their team).

In 2006 'Denies the Day's Demise' came out, a record showcasing his love of Brazilian music. Last year he released his first live album, 'Live At Low End Theory', and 'Fairweather Friends EP'. Later that year came the release of his collaboration with his wife, Laura Darling, as the pastoral 'The Long Lost'. 

Since his last album 'Love To Make Music To' for Ninja there has been no let up in Daedelus’ productivity. He has remixed or been remixed by and produced with all of his LA scene peers including Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, The Gaslamp Killer, Baths, and countless others from further afield. In addition, singles and EPs under his own name have come out with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw. And all the while his reputation has grown internationally, his place in the LA scene has also solidified as a musician that many of the hottest names in the city turn to for everything from bass clarinet licks to advice on obscure electronics; all the while with a continuous string of tour dates across North America, Asia, Europe, the UK, and beyond. 

2011 starts not only with his new album but the meticulous planning of a huge tour featuring guest vocalists from his 'Bespoke' LP and with a spectacular visual show curated in part by Emmanuel Baird (of Manchester's Warehouse Project and Hoya Hoya nights) which will feature a top secret new invention codenamed ARCHIMEDES, promising to yet again re-invent live electronic performance.

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Alfred Darlington isn’t a paint-by-numbers musician. From how he looks (early Victorian Dandyism), to how he makes music, or how he expresses
himself and views the world, his is a very individual ‘bespoke’ outlook. 

Alfred was born in Santa Monica in 1977 to an artist mother and professor father. Musical from very early on, as a child he was classically and jazz-trained in a number of instruments, but his interests were broad and varied – less a prodigy than a renaissance boy whose obsessions ranged from Greek legend to the mountains of Wales. As a 15 year old he finally persuaded his parents to take him to the Principality. Whilst in a YWCA in London he flipped the radio dial, found a pirate radio station and taped some UK rave and hardcore. “It was my first ‘Eureka!’ moment in music,” he says. 

Back in the US he joined local rock bands, jazz bands and ska bands, which he enjoyed but felt limited by, too. At home he was listening to Warp, Ninja and your harder electronic stuff. He started DJing out the more leftfield side of drum & bass and making his own rudimentary productions. They were meant to fit the d&b template but they kept turning out different and from his outsider’s experiments his own style was born. He chose the name Daedelus as he had a childhood obsession with invention, and what was he doing, after all, if not tinkering and fiddling and experimenting like the “gentleman inventors” of old? 

In 1999 he started DJing on Dublab.com for his 'Entropy Sessions' and began dropping in his own early demo productions. Carlos Nino (of Ammoncontact) had the show after him and usually pushed Alfred out the studio as quickly as possible as he was not so enamoured with Alfred’s leftfield-electronic DJ style, but when he heard a tranquil Daedelus production he took Daedelus and introduced him to the LA scene. Nino placed Daedelus tracks on two influential compilations and then Plug Research released his debut album, 'Invention' in 2002. Remixers included Madlib, who later took Daedelus' accordion parts and used them on 2004's Madvillain record. 

In 2003, he was booked to play a show in San Diego by Brian Crabtree and Peter Siegerstrong and the pair asked him to test out an early prototype of the Monome. "It’s a Non-traditional electronic instrument,” Daedelus explains. “Basically it allows for massive improvisation." Since then Daedelus has continued to use this revolutionary controller, bringing much genuine liveness to the sometimes static world of performed electronic/dance music. 

In 2003 he did 'The Weather' album with Busdriver and Radioinactive and the remix album 'Rethinking the Weather' on Mush records. 2004 saw the release of 'Of Snowdonia' on Plug Research, the album with which Daedelus says he first “felt true artistic confidence, finding a true voice. I was finally in the right zone.” 

There was certainly no let up in his creativity. Also in 2004 he released the concept album 'A Gent Agent' on micro-label Laboratory Instinct. The 2005 album 'Exquisite Corpse' on Mush featured the likes of TTC, Mike Ladd and MF DOOM. Ninja signed Daedelus for UK/Europe (a relationship which reached its full expression on 2008's 'Love To Make Music To', his first album for the label worldwide and put together with the help of their team).

In 2006 'Denies the Day's Demise' came out, a record showcasing his love of Brazilian music. Last year he released his first live album, 'Live At Low End Theory', and 'Fairweather Friends EP'. Later that year came the release of his collaboration with his wife, Laura Darling, as the pastoral 'The Long Lost'. 

Since his last album 'Love To Make Music To' for Ninja there has been no let up in Daedelus’ productivity. He has remixed or been remixed by and produced with all of his LA scene peers including Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing, The Gaslamp Killer, Baths, and countless others from further afield. In addition, singles and EPs under his own name have come out with Brainfeeder, All City, Magical Properties (the Daedelus home-imprint), Alpha Pup, Warp and Stones Throw. And all the while his reputation has grown internationally, his place in the LA scene has also solidified as a musician that many of the hottest names in the city turn to for everything from bass clarinet licks to advice on obscure electronics; all the while with a continuous string of tour dates across North America, Asia, Europe, the UK, and beyond. 

2011 starts not only with his new album but the meticulous planning of a huge tour featuring guest vocalists from his 'Bespoke' LP and with a spectacular visual show curated in part by Emmanuel Baird (of Manchester's Warehouse Project and Hoya Hoya nights) which will feature a top secret new invention codenamed ARCHIMEDES, promising to yet again re-invent live electronic performance.

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Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.

As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities - ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotus’ 2010 LP Cosmogramma on the track "MmmHmm." Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse, co-produced by Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of songwriting and artistic exploration.

In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, Apocalypse.’ Forthcoming on Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy, Apocalypse is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.

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Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.

As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities - ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotus’ 2010 LP Cosmogramma on the track "MmmHmm." Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse, co-produced by Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of songwriting and artistic exploration.

In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, Apocalypse.’ Forthcoming on Lotus Brainfeeder imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy, Apocalypse is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.

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Two Fingers is the musical alter-ego of Amon Tobin. The first Two Fingers album was a collaboration with fellow producer Doubleclick. The eponymous release came out in 2009 and heavily featured UK vocalist Sway.

The second album, "Stunt Rhythms" was a solo effort by Amon Tobin and was released worldwide by Big Dada in 2012. "Fools Rhythm," included in Ninja Tune's 20th anniversary "XX" box set, has proved to be one of the most popular tunes from that collection and Amon's way with bottom end continues to rearrange internal organs worldwide.

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Two Fingers is the musical alter-ego of Amon Tobin. The first Two Fingers album was a collaboration with fellow producer Doubleclick. The eponymous release came out in 2009 and heavily featured UK vocalist Sway.

The second album, "Stunt Rhythms" was a solo effort by Amon Tobin and was released worldwide by Big Dada in 2012. "Fools Rhythm," included in Ninja Tune's 20th anniversary "XX" box set, has proved to be one of the most popular tunes from that collection and Amon's way with bottom end continues to rearrange internal organs worldwide.

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Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.

As Thundercat, Bruner takes his jazz roots and works with a mix of artists that suit his wildly experimental sensibilities - ranging from Flying Lotus, Erykah Badu, and Stanley Clarke, as well as more recent collaborations with Wiz Khalifa and Earl Sweatshirt, to name but a few. After meeting and touring with Flying Lotus, the two artists collaborated on Lotus’ 2010 LP Cosmogramma on the track "MmmHmm." Their kindred sense of musicality led to Thundercat’s 2011 solo debut The Golden Age of Apocalypse, co-produced by Flying Lotus, which opened Bruner up to a new stratosphere of songwriting and artistic exploration.

In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, Apocalypse.’ Forthcoming on Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy, Apocalypse is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.

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Bassist/songwriter/vocalist Stephen Bruner, aka Thundercat, has music deeply rooted within. His father, Ronald Bruner, Sr., is an internationally renowned jazz drummer who played with the Temptations, Diana Ross, Gary Bartz and Gladys Knight. His brother Ronald Bruner, Jr., a Grammy-winning drummer, has played with the likes of Roy Hargrove, Stanley Clarke, and Wayne Shorter. Stephen joined his brother as a member of West Coast punk vets Suicidal Tendencies, playing bass on their worldwide tours while still in high school. He also toured through Japan with Stanley Clarke at the age of 16.

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In 2013, Thundercat teamed up with executive producer Flying Lotus once again, to form a profound body of work for his second album, Apocalypse.’ Forthcoming on Lotus Brainfeeder imprint this July, the album straddles lines and pushes genres further, blurring the confines of pop, funk, electronica and prog rock, and creating something else entirely. Both vulnerable and fearless, a comedy and tragedy, Apocalypse is an intimate portrait of an artist who will continue to take music to a new place; the beyond.

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Gamma met in the mid-nineties at Cream Of The Crop @ WKDs. Blacktiude (aka Ebu) had moved down to London from Birmingham and, not completely impressed by some of the freestyle on offer in the capital, persuaded Juice Aleem to come down to win the money. His first attempt led him to a final showdown with an MC called Lord Redeem. The three MCs became friends and built their relationship working together on the now-legendary Ghetto Grammar project, but even then they were getting together, along with producer Mister Mitchell and working on beats and rhymes together for the group Gamma. Juice and Ebu first appeared as Gamma alongside Blak Twang on Roots Manuva's seminal "Skiver's Guide" and on compilations such as "The Experiment" and "10,000 Men Strong". The group's debut single, "Black Atlantians," was an NME Single of the Week and their album, "Permanament," was widely acclaimed. The group went on to record tracks for the "Extra Yard" compilation and put together the Shadowless organisation, which gave early exposure to artists like Infinite Livez, Defisis and Tomz. 

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Gamma met in the mid-nineties at Cream Of The Crop @ WKDs. Blacktiude (aka Ebu) had moved down to London from Birmingham and, not completely impressed by some of the freestyle on offer in the capital, persuaded Juice Aleem to come down to win the money. His first attempt led him to a final showdown with an MC called Lord Redeem. The three MCs became friends and built their relationship working together on the now-legendary Ghetto Grammar project, but even then they were getting together, along with producer Mister Mitchell and working on beats and rhymes together for the group Gamma. Juice and Ebu first appeared as Gamma alongside Blak Twang on Roots Manuva's seminal "Skiver's Guide" and on compilations such as "The Experiment" and "10,000 Men Strong". The group's debut single, "Black Atlantians," was an NME Single of the Week and their album, "Permanament," was widely acclaimed. The group went on to record tracks for the "Extra Yard" compilation and put together the Shadowless organisation, which gave early exposure to artists like Infinite Livez, Defisis and Tomz. 

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Noise of Art at BFI Sonic Cinema presents

Electric Nights

Celebrating 100 years of Electronic Music and Silent Cinema. 

Featuring: Film: Pudovkin’s Mother, plus a silent short shot in Paris in 1913 and André Sauvage's 'Etudes Sur Paris' (1920).

Set to live music and DJ sets by: Coldcut (UK); Mental Overdrive (Norway); Slow (Russia) Aggie Frost (Norway); Ben Osborne (UK), Overlap (UK).

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT

£15/£11 9pm-1am

As part of Noise of Art's ongoing celebration of 100 years since Luigi Russolo began the story of electronic music, by writing ‘A Manifesto for an Art of Noises’, Noise of Art brings electronic music back to its earliest home – not the nightclub, but the cinema. 

Russolo first performed with a proto-synthesiser in 1914 and after WWI he started soundtracking early film in cinemas in Paris.

The main feature film is the UK debut of a new live score to Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 masterpiece Mother. The music has been created by cross-border collaboration between celebrated Russian electronic musician Slow, Norwegian Balearic house outfit Mental Overdrive and electronic artist Aggie Frost. Their live soundtrack, played in the UK for the first and probably only time, was commissioned by Norway’s Tromsø International Film Festival festival earlier this year. Their re-working breathes new life and intensity into the revered film.

Accompanying the feature, pioneering electronic act Coldcut will be putting new music to films from the Russolo era, incorporating original recordings of Russolo's proto-synths, while Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne adds music, also using Russolo sounds, to a visual collage by Overlap. The screening will be followed by a party in the Benugo Bar. Tickets £15, concs £11.50 (Members pay £1.50 less)

Presented in association with Tromsø International Film Festival.

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Noise of Art at BFI Sonic Cinema presents

Electric Nights

Celebrating 100 years of Electronic Music and Silent Cinema. 

Featuring: Film: Pudovkin’s Mother, plus a silent short shot in Paris in 1913 and André Sauvage's 'Etudes Sur Paris' (1920).

Set to live music and DJ sets by: Coldcut (UK); Mental Overdrive (Norway); Slow (Russia) Aggie Frost (Norway); Ben Osborne (UK), Overlap (UK).

BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, Waterloo, London SE1 8XT

£15/£11 9pm-1am

As part of Noise of Art's ongoing celebration of 100 years since Luigi Russolo began the story of electronic music, by writing ‘A Manifesto for an Art of Noises’, Noise of Art brings electronic music back to its earliest home – not the nightclub, but the cinema. 

Russolo first performed with a proto-synthesiser in 1914 and after WWI he started soundtracking early film in cinemas in Paris.

The main feature film is the UK debut of a new live score to Vsevolod Pudovkin’s 1926 masterpiece Mother. The music has been created by cross-border collaboration between celebrated Russian electronic musician Slow, Norwegian Balearic house outfit Mental Overdrive and electronic artist Aggie Frost. Their live soundtrack, played in the UK for the first and probably only time, was commissioned by Norway’s Tromsø International Film Festival festival earlier this year. Their re-working breathes new life and intensity into the revered film.

Accompanying the feature, pioneering electronic act Coldcut will be putting new music to films from the Russolo era, incorporating original recordings of Russolo's proto-synths, while Noise of Art’s Ben Osborne adds music, also using Russolo sounds, to a visual collage by Overlap. The screening will be followed by a party in the Benugo Bar. Tickets £15, concs £11.50 (Members pay £1.50 less)

Presented in association with Tromsø International Film Festival.

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Ex-art teacher Jonathan More and computer programmer Matt Black have been a team since the mid-eighties. Both Matt and Jonathan had been building their DJ reputation on the nascent rare groove / warehouse party scene. Jon had a show on the then pirate station Kiss FM and worked in Reckless Records in Londons west end, where he sold Matt a bootleg of 'Across The Tracks' by Maceo & the Macks. Matt came back the next day with 'Say Kids, What Time Is It?' and suggested they work on it together. Meanwhile Jon helped Matt onto Kiss FM and they soon started the joint 'Solid Steel' show (still running to this day). 'Say Kids...' was released in 1987, becoming the UK's first sample-built record. In the same year the duo defined the term 'remix' on Eric B and Rakim's 'Paid in Full', cutting and pasting Israeli singer Ofra Haza's vocals in a notorious reworking which became a worldwide classic. Coldcut's talent was recognized by a BPI 'Producers Of the Year' award in 1990, while their debut album, 'What's That Noise', went silver. 

 The concept of setting up an independent label took shape during a trip to Japan where Matt and Jon made a discovery: "We found a book about cut-out-and-keep Ninjas. They build these amazing houses where they have special traps so they can disappear and reappear somewhere else. They were all about artifice and hidden identity." Tiring of the juggernaut marketing ethic of major labels, this stealthy philosophy seemed appealing. They wrapped up their involvement with the Big Boys in 1993 with the album 'Philosophy' and plunged into the establishment of Ninja Tune, though not before their ambient cover of 'Autumn Leaves' had kickstarted the easy listening movement. 

The story of Ninja Tune is another whole chapter and has been told elsewhere. It perhaps suffices to say that the organisation has grown into one of the classic independent labels to emerge in the '90s, providing a welcoming home to a range of acts including Mr Scruff, Cinematic Orchestra, Herbaliser, Kid Koala and Wagon Christ, as well as the likes of Roots Manuva and Ty through the later-established Big Dada imprint. As befits a pair of DJs who seem to believe that the whole world is there to be cut and pasted, "we mix things, over as broad a spectrum of activities as possible." 

Hence the duo's label-running activities in the early and mid-nineties were augmented by a plethora of other endeavours: the Stealth club night (Club of the Year in the NME, The Face and Mixmag in 1996), the pioneering Pipe website initially written by Coldcut themselves in 1995 and a variety of multimedia experiments with Rob Pepperell as Hex. Fired up by the possibilities presented by digital interactivity, Coldcut and Hex began developing toys and art installation pieces ranging from the 'Top Banana' computer game to the  'Generator' for the Glasgow Gallery Of Modern Art and 'Synopticon' for the JAM, a major exhibit at London's Barbican. While spending the early 90s building this diverse, avant-garde collage of activities, Coldcut were maniacally preparing their own musical breakout. In 1997 they unleashed their fourth album, 'Let Us Play', the first on their own label. The album featured collaborations with highly political ex-Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra, legendary funk drummer Bernard Purdie, poet Salena Saliva, and - one of Coldcut's biggest inspirations - Steinski. Both album and classic single 'More Beats and Pieces' reached the UK Top 40. And, as important as the art was, the politics - tracks like 'Timber' and 'Atomic Moog 3000' - set out an anti-corporate, ecological, anti-authoritarian vision that found its technical expression in the group's continuing interest in interactivity with their audience. 

At the same time, Coldcut were still doing their 'Solid Steel' show on Kiss every Saturday, keeping up the traditional mixed bag and stacking up plaudits such as the Sony Award for Best Specialist Show. All of which led to their 'Journeys By DJ' mix album, '70 Minutes of Madness', which was released to rave reviews and declared the Best Compilation of All Time in Jockey Slut, 1998. By 2000, though, the culture at Kiss has become too commercial for Black and More and they moved the show to BBC London Live, although their main focus was on building its profile as an internet station. Prior to the release of 'Let Us Play', Matt Black was pioneering the concept of VJing at diverse parties such as the legendary Telepathic Fish, Sabresonic and The Big Chill, with the first fruits of this collision of audio and video to be found on the free CD-Rom which accompanied the 'Let Us Play' CD. 

It was, however, only with the tours that followed the record's release that a wider audience began to get an idea of what Coldcut were up to. To promote their work live, Coldcut designed their own VJ software, VJamm, allowing the live re-creation of whole audiovisual pieces. Video could now be jammed or scratched with as easily as sound and audiences were blown away by this new direction. Coldcut called the show CCTV and have presented it everywhere from Sonar in Barcelona, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Glastonbury Dance Tent, Roskilde, the Queen Elizabeth Hall (as part of John Peel's Meltdown), Steve Reich's remix project launch party in New York and the Darklight Digital Film Festival in Dublin - to name but a few. John Peel, incidentally, was a staunch fan of the group and, in addition to three Sessions during his lifetime, Matt and Jon were chosen to introduce the DJ section of the John Peel Memorial BBC concert night. 

1999 saw the release of remix album 'Let Us Replay', featuring contributions from Cornelius, Carl Craig, Shut Up And Dance and Ryuchi Sakamoto amongst others. Coldcut's politics came to the fore again in 2001, when they released 'Re:volution' to coincide with the British general election. Characterised by Matt Black as a "celebration/diss of UK politics and the 2001 election, an audivisual PARTY political broadcast cutting up your fave enemies over a steaming punk jungle (pungle?) stomper", it led to a campaign involving a mayhem-packed double decker bus ride round Westminster in the company of Brighton's Free Party and the Church of Bob. 

It also inspired American activists to ask Coldcut to become involved in a project for the 2004 US Presidential election. Revusa.net allowed people to download over 12Gb of footage from the last 40 years of US politics and then use them to create a cut-up over a Coldcut beat. The result was Coldcut v. TV Sheriff, 'World Of Evil', widely acclaimed and somehow regularly shown on MTV. 

Alongside the headline-grabbing releases, there has been smaller, more grass-roots activity, too. Piratetv.net was run from Coldcut's Spacelab studio in London and viewed all over the world, pioneering what Black describes as "guerilla netcasting". Special guests on the show ran from Radiohead to the Surveillance Camera Players. Coming from another angle, Vjs.net has focussed on educational activity. Matt is also heavily involved with Nowthemovie.org which aims to make a 21st Century montage documentary in the spirit of 'Sans Soleil' or 'Baraka', using footage uploaded to the site by people all over the world. And the art projects continue apace; Gridio (a collaboration between Coldcut and Headspace) is an "interactive responsive environment" originally commissioned by the Pompidou Centre in Paris which has toured all over Europe. 

2004 saw Coldcut produce a play in conjunction with renowned young author Hari Kunzru for BBC Radio 3 (incidentally, also called 'Sound Mirrors'). A collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has led to the short film 'Wavejammer', and running parallel to this, the remix and production work has continued apace. 

It is a tribute to Coldcut's standing as well as the sheer diversity of their output that the last few years have seen them re-work the theme to Dr Who, the music of Herbie Hancock and the Trojan catalogue, that they returned to the South Bank's Meltdown festival for a live audiovisual dub with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Mad Professor and Headspace. That they have assembled a group of artists as diverse as Jon Spencer, Robert Owens, Saul Williams, Soweto Kinch and Roots Manuva to appear on their new record. That musically, they have continued to refine and develop both their skills and their style so that, after a twenty year career at the forefront they can honestly claim that this is their best, most complete album to date, utterly contemporary, as fresh as the day they started. Maybe they've remained masters by remaining unruly schoolchildren. Who knows? All that matters is that the masters are back.

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Most people come into music, do the same thing for a few years, slowly sink back into obscurity and spend the rest of their life collecting publishing royalties and re-forming for tribute tours. Their biographies can afford to be quite short - most of us aren't that interested in golf or angling. The problem with Coldcut is that, despite their veteran status, they act like two unruly children who just won't sit still. Which is why even a brief trawl through their various activities looks like a large chapter of a big book. 

Ex-art teacher Jonathan More and computer programmer Matt Black have been a team since the mid-eighties. Both Matt and Jonathan had been building their DJ reputation on the nascent rare groove / warehouse party scene. Jon had a show on the then pirate station Kiss FM and worked in Reckless Records in Londons west end, where he sold Matt a bootleg of 'Across The Tracks' by Maceo & the Macks. Matt came back the next day with 'Say Kids, What Time Is It?' and suggested they work on it together. Meanwhile Jon helped Matt onto Kiss FM and they soon started the joint 'Solid Steel' show (still running to this day). 'Say Kids...' was released in 1987, becoming the UK's first sample-built record. In the same year the duo defined the term 'remix' on Eric B and Rakim's 'Paid in Full', cutting and pasting Israeli singer Ofra Haza's vocals in a notorious reworking which became a worldwide classic. Coldcut's talent was recognized by a BPI 'Producers Of the Year' award in 1990, while their debut album, 'What's That Noise', went silver. 

 The concept of setting up an independent label took shape during a trip to Japan where Matt and Jon made a discovery: "We found a book about cut-out-and-keep Ninjas. They build these amazing houses where they have special traps so they can disappear and reappear somewhere else. They were all about artifice and hidden identity." Tiring of the juggernaut marketing ethic of major labels, this stealthy philosophy seemed appealing. They wrapped up their involvement with the Big Boys in 1993 with the album 'Philosophy' and plunged into the establishment of Ninja Tune, though not before their ambient cover of 'Autumn Leaves' had kickstarted the easy listening movement. 

The story of Ninja Tune is another whole chapter and has been told elsewhere. It perhaps suffices to say that the organisation has grown into one of the classic independent labels to emerge in the '90s, providing a welcoming home to a range of acts including Mr Scruff, Cinematic Orchestra, Herbaliser, Kid Koala and Wagon Christ, as well as the likes of Roots Manuva and Ty through the later-established Big Dada imprint.

As befits a pair of DJs who seem to believe that the whole world is there to be cut and pasted, "we mix things, over as broad a spectrum of activities as possible." 

Hence the duo's label-running activities in the early and mid-nineties were augmented by a plethora of other endeavours: the Stealth club night (Club of the Year in the NME, The Face and Mixmag in 1996), the pioneering Pipe website initially written by Coldcut themselves in 1995 and a variety of multimedia experiments with Rob Pepperell as Hex. Fired up by the possibilities presented by digital interactivity, Coldcut and Hex began developing toys and art installation pieces ranging from the 'Top Banana' computer game to the  'Generator' for the Glasgow Gallery Of Modern Art and 'Synopticon' for the JAM, a major exhibit at London's Barbican.

While spending the early 90s building this diverse, avant-garde collage of activities, Coldcut were maniacally preparing their own musical breakout. In 1997 they unleashed their fourth album, 'Let Us Play', the first on their own label. The album featured collaborations with highly political ex-Dead Kennedy Jello Biafra, legendary funk drummer Bernard Purdie, poet Salena Saliva, and - one of Coldcut's biggest inspirations - Steinski. Both album and classic single 'More Beats and Pieces' reached the UK Top 40. And, as important as the art was, the politics - tracks like 'Timber' and 'Atomic Moog 3000' - set out an anti-corporate, ecological, anti-authoritarian vision that found its technical expression in the group's continuing interest in interactivity with their audience. 

At the same time, Coldcut were still doing their 'Solid Steel' show on Kiss every Saturday, keeping up the traditional mixed bag and stacking up plaudits such as the Sony Award for Best Specialist Show. All of which led to their 'Journeys By DJ' mix album, '70 Minutes of Madness', which was released to rave reviews and declared the Best Compilation of All Time in Jockey Slut, 1998. By 2000, though, the culture at Kiss has become too commercial for Black and More and they moved the show to BBC London Live, although their main focus was on building its profile as an internet station.

Prior to the release of 'Let Us Play', Matt Black was pioneering the concept of VJing at diverse parties such as the legendary Telepathic Fish, Sabresonic and The Big Chill, with the first fruits of this collision of audio and video to be found on the free CD-Rom which accompanied the 'Let Us Play' CD. 

It was, however, only with the tours that followed the record's release that a wider audience began to get an idea of what Coldcut were up to. To promote their work live, Coldcut designed their own VJ software, VJamm, allowing the live re-creation of whole audiovisual pieces. Video could now be jammed or scratched with as easily as sound and audiences were blown away by this new direction. Coldcut called the show CCTV and have presented it everywhere from Sonar in Barcelona, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Glastonbury Dance Tent, Roskilde, the Queen Elizabeth Hall (as part of John Peel's Meltdown), Steve Reich's remix project launch party in New York and the Darklight Digital Film Festival in Dublin - to name but a few. John Peel, incidentally, was a staunch fan of the group and, in addition to three Sessions during his lifetime, Matt and Jon were chosen to introduce the DJ section of the John Peel Memorial BBC concert night. 

1999 saw the release of remix album 'Let Us Replay', featuring contributions from Cornelius, Carl Craig, Shut Up And Dance and Ryuchi Sakamoto amongst others. Coldcut's politics came to the fore again in 2001, when they released 'Re:volution' to coincide with the British general election. Characterised by Matt Black as a "celebration/diss of UK politics and the 2001 election, an audivisual PARTY political broadcast cutting up your fave enemies over a steaming punk jungle (pungle?) stomper", it led to a campaign involving a mayhem-packed double decker bus ride round Westminster in the company of Brighton's Free Party and the Church of Bob. 

It also inspired American activists to ask Coldcut to become involved in a project for the 2004 US Presidential election. Revusa.net allowed people to download over 12Gb of footage from the last 40 years of US politics and then use them to create a cut-up over a Coldcut beat. The result was Coldcut v. TV Sheriff, 'World Of Evil', widely acclaimed and somehow regularly shown on MTV. 

Alongside the headline-grabbing releases, there has been smaller, more grass-roots activity, too. Piratetv.net was run from Coldcut's Spacelab studio in London and viewed all over the world, pioneering what Black describes as "guerilla netcasting". Special guests on the show ran from Radiohead to the Surveillance Camera Players. Coming from another angle, Vjs.net has focussed on educational activity. Matt is also heavily involved with Nowthemovie.org which aims to make a 21st Century montage documentary in the spirit of 'Sans Soleil' or 'Baraka', using footage uploaded to the site by people all over the world.

And the art projects continue apace; Gridio (a collaboration between Coldcut and Headspace) is an "interactive responsive environment" originally commissioned by the Pompidou Centre in Paris which has toured all over Europe. 

2004 saw Coldcut produce a play in conjunction with renowned young author Hari Kunzru for BBC Radio 3 (incidentally, also called 'Sound Mirrors'). A collaboration with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has led to the short film 'Wavejammer', and running parallel to this, the remix and production work has continued apace. 

It is a tribute to Coldcut's standing as well as the sheer diversity of their output that the last few years have seen them re-work the theme to Dr Who, the music of Herbie Hancock and the Trojan catalogue, that they returned to the South Bank's Meltdown festival for a live audiovisual dub with Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Mad Professor and Headspace. That they have assembled a group of artists as diverse as Jon Spencer, Robert Owens, Saul Williams, Soweto Kinch and Roots Manuva to appear on their new record. That musically, they have continued to refine and develop both their skills and their style so that, after a twenty year career at the forefront they can honestly claim that this is their best, most complete album to date, utterly contemporary, as fresh as the day they started. Maybe they've remained masters by remaining unruly schoolchildren. Who knows? All that matters is that the masters are back.

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Three years after his last album – Ghost PeopleMartyn joins the Ninja Tune family to present his third long player. Universally respected for his ever-evolving, but inimitable sound, the Dutch-born, Washington DC-based producer brings an entirely new sonic direction with The Air Between Words. This is an exploration of the essence of all of Martyn’s music: a rugged four-to-the-floor groove, intelligently sculpted and artfully composed.

Where Great Lengths - his 2009 debut - was a body of work that explored Martyn’s uncategorizable versatility, and 2011’s Ghost People (via Brainfeeder) was a focused effort on writing an album with a specific sound, The Air Between Words came from a different realm altogether. Martyn had no parameters, and in fact no plan at all. He fell into a back-to-basics mentality where simple experimentation with purely analogue sounds and equipment inadvertently turned to melodic sketches, and without warning the album revealed itself.

“Every album signifies a period in your life, and finishing one shows you something about yourself,” says Martyn about the experience. “Without the music being introspective, this is my most natural sounding album.”

The Air Between Words opens coyly with the panoramic sonics of "Forgiveness Step 1" - a beatless but nonetheless authoritative statement of intent - before pitching headlong into pure dancefloor territory. Lean, raw, powerful productions predominate - gloriously brash, occasionally beautiful, but always vigorously hypnotic, sensitively swung and utterly irresistible.

Martyn joins forces with Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet for "Glassbeadgames", a powerhouse of a track that finds the perfect amalgamation of both producers’ fortés. Heavy kicks, UKG-esque percussion and swirling subs dictate the groove, whilst the melodic progressions are simultaneously melancholic and anthemic, and further enhanced by a Hebden trademark thumb piano motif.

Another collaboration - "Love of Pleasure" - finds Martyn partnering with his good friend copeland (formerly known as Inga Copeland, or one half of art pop duo Hype Williams). Her fragile vocal cuts through distorted piano riffs and swathes of broken synths, a fitting centerpiece for the album before it returns to its essence via "Forgiveness Step 2", "Like That" and "Two Leads and a Computer", which distinctly draw from a 90s Warp heritage (Sweet Exorcist, LFO and Autechre) but bizarrely sound like they’ve been beamed from the future. After the Afro-tinged elegance of "Lullaby", the final piece word belongs to "Fashion Skater": a dark, earthy, almost Zen-like exercise in house music in its purest form.

Stylistically and sonically, Martyn stands apart from his counterparts. His music incorporates vintage references but is steadfastly forward-facing at the same time. He’s always done that. His sound is heritage and future - and that character has elevated him alongside fellow electronic heavyweights such as Four Tet, Kode9, dBridge and Mark Pritchard.

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Three years after his last album – Ghost PeopleMartyn joins the Ninja Tune family to present his third long player. Universally respected for his ever-evolving, but inimitable sound, the Dutch-born, Washington DC-based producer brings an entirely new sonic direction with The Air Between Words. This is an exploration of the essence of all of Martyn’s music: a rugged four-to-the-floor groove, intelligently sculpted and artfully composed.

Where Great Lengths - his 2009 debut - was a body of work that explored Martyn’s uncategorizable versatility, and 2011’s Ghost People (via Brainfeeder) was a focused effort on writing an album with a specific sound, The Air Between Words came from a different realm altogether. Martyn had no parameters, and in fact no plan at all. He fell into a back-to-basics mentality where simple experimentation with purely analogue sounds and equipment inadvertently turned to melodic sketches, and without warning the album revealed itself.

“Every album signifies a period in your life, and finishing one shows you something about yourself,” says Martyn about the experience. “Without the music being introspective, this is my most natural sounding album.”

The Air Between Words opens coyly with the panoramic sonics of "Forgiveness Step 1" - a beatless but nonetheless authoritative statement of intent - before pitching headlong into pure dancefloor territory. Lean, raw, powerful productions predominate - gloriously brash, occasionally beautiful, but always vigorously hypnotic, sensitively swung and utterly irresistible.

Martyn joins forces with Kieran Hebden aka Four Tet for "Glassbeadgames", a powerhouse of a track that finds the perfect amalgamation of both producers’ fortés. Heavy kicks, UKG-esque percussion and swirling subs dictate the groove, whilst the melodic progressions are simultaneously melancholic and anthemic, and further enhanced by a Hebden trademark thumb piano motif.

Another collaboration - "Love of Pleasure" - finds Martyn partnering with his good friend copeland (formerly known as Inga Copeland, or one half of art pop duo Hype Williams). Her fragile vocal cuts through distorted piano riffs and swathes of broken synths, a fitting centerpiece for the album before it returns to its essence via "Forgiveness Step 2", "Like That" and "Two Leads and a Computer", which distinctly draw from a 90s Warp heritage (Sweet Exorcist, LFO and Autechre) but bizarrely sound like they’ve been beamed from the future. After the Afro-tinged elegance of "Lullaby", the final piece word belongs to "Fashion Skater": a dark, earthy, almost Zen-like exercise in house music in its purest form.

Stylistically and sonically, Martyn stands apart from his counterparts. His music incorporates vintage references but is steadfastly forward-facing at the same time. He’s always done that. His sound is heritage and future - and that character has elevated him alongside fellow electronic heavyweights such as Four Tet, Kode9, dBridge and Mark Pritchard.

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