Hyetal’s new album will be arriving soon, accompanied by the Northwest Passage single – listen to Vessel’s bleak remix of the track here.
Young Echo – the Bristol collective comprised of Vessel, El Kid, Kahn, and the Zhou duo of Jabu and Ishan Sound – have announced the release of their debut album as a group.
At this moment in time, experimental electronic music has never had it so good. After a period of time in the 90s and early 2000s when the term “IDM” was rife, and a dearth of ideas led to ever diminishing returns, highly challenging experimental fare is in abundance. Why then, does it so often seem as if we’re actually starved of genuinely original electronic music? Although the internet has arguably led to much genre cross-pollination, a lot of what we get is just subtle riffing on established sounds; in the case of Tri Angle artists How To Dress Well, Holy Other and oOoOO, it’s an admiration of contemporary R&B motifs. Tri Angle’s artists make it feel very much like a label of the internet age – they all seem to be isolated, sometimes anonymous figures whose interaction with the wider musical world is performed remotely via the internet rather than by interacting with other human beings on a local level. It often seems that Tri Angle is a microcosm for what is happening with electronic music as a whole – when we can learn all we need from a terminal in our bedrooms, where’s the impetus to forge localised bonds and create music with other human beings?
Astro:Dynamics will follow the excellent debut from 1991 with the first full release from Bristol duo Jabu.
Killing Sound invoke the literal meaning of their name on “Thousand Hands”, an occultish slice of electronic experimentalism.
Vessel has just uploaded a highly experimental track to his Soundcloud, a collaboration between the producer and his Young Echo cohorts El Kid and Jabu.
Gathering momentum behind a wealth of adventurous, atmospheric experiments with contemporary electronic music, the West Country-based Young Echo collective present perhaps the clearest continuation of the Bristol sound in present times. Centred around their most recent radio show, Oli Warwick went to catch up with the production crew to dig deep into their perspective on what matters in dance and non-dance music, and to try and make sense of their myriad projects.
The current house strains of Bristol’s ever mutating music scene have become well documented by now, with the Young Echo collective providing perhaps the most compelling output. While it was undoubtedly not his intention, Seb Gainsborough has become the Young Echo focal point for his work as Vessel. The handful of releases on must check labels like Astro Dynamics and left_blank demonstrated an ever growing talent for smudged out, slackened house that fully justifies the swelling expectation from music buyers and overly verbose writers alike. Recently announced as possibly the most intriguing signing by Robin Carolin’s Triangle Records imprint, the interim period before the release of a debut Vessel album is filled by Gainsborough adopting another alias, Panther Modern, and adding the long-running Bristol hub Immerse to his discography.