I’m writing this from day two of the sessions for the next (fourth!) Sloth Racket album, in an amazing studio near Leeds, photos on Twitter as per usual. Anyway, I had two new releases out in January, both very different from each other, both I’m really proud of. Read on for the details…
First up is the new Beck Hunters album ‘Has It Been Found?’ – released on Discus* again, recorded by me and mixed by Alex Bonney. Beck Hunters is Mick Beck, Johnny Hunter and myself and we’ve been improvising together as a trio since about 2012 I think. Every time we play we managed to surprise ourselves.
And then, just a week later, came ‘Awakening’ by Nick Walters & the Paradox Ensemble. Nick’s first release as the Paradox Ensemble was way back when I was still involved in running Efpi records. Since then he invited me to join the band, along with a few others, expanding the line-up to 13 musicians, and the new record is out on 22a records. I’m told it’s number 3 in the iTunes charts as I type, but you can and should buy it from Bandcamp, of course. Or in person at the album launch gig at Church of Sound in London on 22nd Feb. This is my first time on vinyl, and my first release it a while that you can actually dance to…
Last but not least, while I’ve got you here, you might be interested in my pedals? I’ve been filming a series of me talking about how I use them in various Beats & Pieces Big Band tunes, mostly exclusively for our backstage subscribers through our Bandcamp page (a very valuable way of supporting the music!), but we put one on YouTube too, take a look here if you like.
Cheers for reading!
*coincidentally, it was Martin from Discus that first introduced me to the studio we’re in with the Sloths right now, the Chairworks in Castleford. We did the Storytellers record here too.