June 2021: The first of a series of new material split into three Ep's will be soon available to download and/or buy. These Ep's explore the sound of urban and Techno with the first one being more song based productions with Drum & Bass themes and the second already completed with a more Dub Techno feel. Originally these were to be an album release but in these times of limited attention spans albums just get lost. Ideally I should be releasing singles but I prefer Ep format and grouping of tracks to create a slightly larger whole or theme. More to follow of the next few weeks...
After the house move things have settled in the MA19 camp, studio is now setup and since last Christmas so I've been writing for a new album for release 2021. Nine tracks exploring drum break design, urban and electronic sounds following the styles from my last two EP's released in early 2020. Hopfully looking to release before Summer 2021 on the usual platforms.
Stay tuned & be lucky!
I bought this MPC 1000 in a real bad condition but cheap so I spent some time and love on getting it up to level. Most important was it had JJos2xl installed so with some new shiny parts and some soldering work I got it to where it is now. Alas though it has been sold on to good owner. This marked the end of my miles of cabling/patching and dealing with older 1990's kit for me. I had a huge clear out over the Summer and sold a lot of my older stuff for a move but I invested in an Akai Force. Working in a more streamlined way is far more appealing to me, I dont need the endless hardware headaches, although I kept my sound designing kit pieces like the Sherman FB2 and various pedals and other secret kit-bits ive picked up. The point is less is more for me. The Akai Force is incredible but if/when Akai finally drops the long awaited update , the arranger mode will do it for me tbh - then all will be good - and simpler.
This EP was more of a discovery session for me. This title track was actually three previously dropped ideas that I decided to mash together for a dub remix. The EP has more experimental styles for my take on Techno. Whilst I love to DJ and mix techno and minimal dub Techno sets, my style as a producer veers off on different course which is less dance-floor and more introspective and sound design orientated. My music tends to get 'oh it sounds very cinematic' which I am happy with but I am focussing on more uptempo rhythms going forward into my Autumn EP.
This track I recorded using an Octatrack back in 2018. The mix was finished using Logic audio but with all intent and purposes it was mainly recorded using just the Octatrack. The Onion EP is a four track debut which I tried to find the base of my sound using only hardware for recording. Using a Allen and Heath 24 and my trusty Sherman FB2 for added depth and grit. Mixed using Logic Pro with mastering mainly achieved with Shadow Hills MC & FabFilter ProQ3. I enjoy mastering but I made a pact with myself to get another pair of ears to master my future work.
The 'Onion EP' is available to download in Flac and Mp3 via the usual links