Such is the proliferation of electronic music in the digital age, it comes as little surprise that music of this quality should be found floating round on Bandcamp on a ‘pay what you like’ basis. Not that there’s anything at all wrong with Bandcamp, but if there was any justice in the world the CEO’s of Sony, Warner and EMI would be mud wrestling in a crocodile infested swamp over the rights to distribute this record.
It’s the debut release for the Seattle-based label Courtship records, who run a couple of excellent blogs that profile some stunning electronic tuneage on a regular basis. It comes courtesy of London producer Theo Darton-Moore, whose Soundcloud page, as well as this EP, mark him out as a producer of some talent and certainly one to watch in 2012. Halves is one of those omnipotent records that would be just at home twisting people’s minds over a club sound-system at 3am or gently sending you off to sleep on a school-night; it’s deeply soulful and richly invigorating. It follows a certain formula which seems to have abounded this year in electronic music – chopped-up r n b vocals, over inventive drum samples and subsonic bass. Burial’s name may be so ubiquitous these days that it’s no longer cool to drop it as a reference, but his influence on electronic music over the last few years is undeniable. Thing is, a lot of artists try to imitate it without much success, often leaving the listener cold in the process. Halves is a warm blanket of a record, one to wrap yourself in on a cold winter’s night. Be interesting to know what people have paid for this record, cos it’s worth its weight in gold.