i hope you don’t mind, but i feel the need to plug a couple of album projects that i am particularly in love with which i have had a role in.
first up is DUBH, ‘FRACTURED, BROKEN & BEAUTIFUL’. this is a solo album of beautiful instumentals from my friend JONNY MCEWEN. jonny is part of the ikon community in belfast. a few weeks ago he came over to the west country to spend time with me getting final mixes sorted. the album’s title sums it up perfectly, for that’s exactly how it sounds. i don’t know what comparisons to make, it is so much it’s own thing. broken and glitched samples mix with warm textures and bits of melody and warm ambience. it’s original, thoughtful, lovely and i highly recommend it. 18 track album, just £6.99 from PROOST.
second up (only because it’s a newer release) is DUBB, ‘RHYTHM AND POETRY’. i am really proud of this record as it is the first by my wonderful godson HARRY BAKER and i got to produce it for him. the poetry of his rap takes your breath away, full of clever tongue twisters and neat rhymes… one minute you’re laughing, the next you’re thinking. over 9 tracks he covers so much ground, from the schoolyard to the environment and from being yourself to an amazing track about lego (“if only lifes problems were as easy to fix as my lego models”). behind the rap much of the beats are the mind-bending work of human-beatboxer extraordinaire, TYTE. producing these tracks was a joy, listening back to it is more so. 9 track album, just £4.99 from PROOST.
BTW. AN IMPORTANT NOTICE. A FREE TRACK FROM EACH OF THESE ALBUMS + OTHER FREE STUFF IS AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AT… proost.co.uk/freebies
well then. it’s that greenbelt time of year again. here’s where PROOST (and therefore, i) will be.
FRIDAY 10pm. venue NEW FORMS. ‘PROOST UNUSUAL SUSPECTS’. a chance to see and listen to the work of new artistic talent. authors, musicians and film makers.
SATURDAY 9pm. venue THE HUB. ‘PROOST LOUNGE’. some of the musical artists involved with proost will be performing sets of twenty minutes… expect rap, chillout, human beatbox (from special guest TYTE) and guitars… a veritable smorgasbord for your delight and delectation.
SUNDAY 3pm. venue CMS TENT. ‘PROOST MAKING MOVIES’. i’ll be chatting with and we’ll be looking at movies by ANDI MAC, JOEL BAKER and ex beeb/itv cleverbod MARK WADDINGTON. not only are these guys work beautiful and thought provoking they’ll all be on hand to answer questions. if you are a budding short film maker or you know someone who is, this should be an encouraging session.
SUNDAY 8.30. venue TINY TEA TENT. ‘SPONTANEOUS WORSHIP’… although, clearly not that spontaneous as i (and now you) already know about it. off the cuff (hehe) contributions from DUBB and HARRONELL.
Please, if you are an asbo’er, do say ‘hello’. chances are i shall be wandering to the beer tent when proost events are done.