Unrest can be physical or mental. Surging emotions can be just as forceful as actions and as London, and several other major UK cities, recover from the affects of rioting there’s a tense mood that needs appeasing. Now, it’s a tenuous link considering the gravity of the events washed over in the first two sentences of this introduction but… mood is something that Samoyed’s music displays in droves. We were moved by his Always From This Point album that appeared with little fanfare back in May on the Flask label. It was an unexpected gem, something described at the time as “Floating with all manner of featherweight restraint the superlative drones and slow unfurling of the eight tracks on Always… provoke a regressive kind of hypnotherapy” – full review here
Listening to it again now, the album’s drones feel incredibly sombre in places, but it’s a tensely coiled work; a bundle of nervous energy swirling deeper downwards toward the floor. What struck me from the start was just how engulfing it was. All too often cinematic drone can be a perplexing ebb to listen to; alienating you with either an all to instant distortion that continues for a further half hour or general floundering and lack of definitive direction. Growing with Always… from the beginning, from the start of ‘Trumpet O’ Doom,’ levels you for the shimmer like din of tracks like ‘To Feel A Body’ and the movement of the other beatless pieces contained on it.
The other side of Samoyed’s productions are tough dancefloor tracks like ‘Klondike Rush’ that whilst loaded with the same lo-fi charm and tape hiss character as his atmospheric work run at a similar pace as his Astro:Dynamics label mate (he’s soon to release a 10” on the fledgling imprint) Vessel, who’s ragged and bitty take on house music we’ve profiled before on SR Mix #81. Tagged on his soundcloud as ‘melty,’ a great adjective given the graceful slop of the sounds that spill out from under the drum beats, Samoyed’s deprecated character, as well as his array of musical approaches, struck a chord with our operation and in the pursuit of knowledge we caught up with the Scottish musician to find out a little more and reignite our mix series with the 94th instalment.
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