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Tommy Mundell - Travelling Lights ep

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Tommy Mundell - Travelling Lights ep

Label: Sonic Heavy Records
Catalog No: SH007
Release Date: 26/5/2017

1. Travelling Lights
2. Don’t Take War
3. Scholars Become Guardians
4. Niya
5. Parallel Minds

Following on from his debut 'Life ep’ is UK based producer Tommy Mundell's new 5 track opus, 'Traveling Lights'. A record that's broad depth and emotive tones work just as well on the floor as food for the mind and spirit. Launching Sonic Heavy Records into a new space, after some time away.

Opener, “Travelling Lights” begins with deep swung hi hats and plucky layered hits across a pulsing and heavy dry kick. The soulful meandering melody line drifts in and out of focus (a Mundell trademark) and builds towards a fat baseline epoch to move us onto upper levels, towards the final third of the track. Setting the scene perfectly for this ep's direction of travel.

The second track, “Don’t Take War” enters more immediately while showcasing Tommy himself by adding a vocal narrative. Some wonderful intricate swung beat programming, with a low growling baseline that clearly references Detroits finest moments but then takes us further into the future. Hypnotically pulling you forward across a wider-screen of emotion.

Third track in, ‘’Scholars Become Guardians” skips on in with another solid opening, the soul filled bass thud and melodic pad lines supporting a burst of heavy chord tones. Edging us into the dance with a soundtrack set to destroy your speakers and offer you a journey ticket as-well. Vintage electronics and focussed dub-wise sound hits all add to the interest. The track is full of surprises welcoming you further towards this ep's depths.

Track four, ‘’Niya” Starts as it means to go on with classic tribal deepness, illustrating Mundell's mastery of slow building intelligent music. Bursts of chorus, bass and high pitched harmonics and steel drum tones enter with magical slight. Sounds rise and fall in unison moving onto the fundamentals of the track in cool breakdowns pushing us onwards with a beautiful melody line drifting across the soundscape.

The final track of this ep is “Parallel Minds”, another beautiful design for sound and base heads, with a Detroit edge. Lost in this Model500 type dream sequence are obvious lysergic undercurrents, with firmly centred bass throb and Reese stylings adding to the creative panning, that clearly illustrates meaning. The stage is set for some more classic 909 / 808 hybrid patterns that launch us with a gravity wave of reverb drenched phasing. A clear highlight for fans for the cult of motor-city music.

For more information and biography:

Label: http://www.sonicheavy.co.uk

The Reason EP Cover Art

Cover art for Matt Jarrett's forthcoming The Reason ep.

The Reason Cover Art

The Reason EP - Out July 14th

Matt Jarrett - The Reason EP

Label: Sonic Heavy Records
Catalog No: SH004
Release Date: 14/7/14

1. The Reason
2. Go Deep
3. Refrain
4. The Duke
5. Code One
6. The Reason (Mark Archer Remix)

UK label, Sonic Heavy Records formed last year with a view to releasing music full of emotional content from a talented set of passionate artists, without being limited by genre. Launching with Mark Archer’s excellent ‘Triangle EP’, the label now turns to it's founder Matt Jarrett, whose ‘The Reason EP' comprises 6 tracks designed to move your body and mind.

Inspiration is diverse and draws from time at the seminal Breakbeat and House nights of the London club scene. This and a long appreciation of the detroit techno music and 80's B-boy culture brought his unique sound to fruition. Together with a long standing interest in dance and choreography, all these experiences provide an underlying fundamental to his music.

Early Releases as Spike on Bush Records offshoot Meltdown Communication included; 'Shadows' 'Are These The Future' and 'Toxic Culture' receiving acclaim from many a renown turntablist' including Carl Cox, Adam Freeland Stanton Warriors and Annie Nightingale. As did Breakbeat monsters such as Bangin' and Symmentry ep Released as Apex through Marine Parade. After this initial surge Matt took a break from music, taking stock of what has passed and now returns with an ep loaded with bass and full of soul, for release on Sonic Heavy.

Opener, ‘The Reason’ is a deep hybrid of future garage, breakbeat, soul and melody. Moving with a solid foundation of bass and snappy percussion, captivating your attention when the beat slams in after a slow, fluid build. The vocals flow off this, leading you to the dance floor, while evolving and expanding to a different level altogether with the beautiful, melodic final third.

The second track, ‘Go Deep’, enters the territory while showcasing burgeoning British singing Star, Rachel Chontelle and her undoubted earthy vocal presence. Growling baseline notes introducing electro stabs out into the hypnotic lyrics and chorus. The track then drops into a solid slab of bass with Rachel's voice alone, underlining the tracks obvious sexy undertones.

Third in, ‘Refrain’ future-steps through soul filled strings and supporting bass tones. Half soundtrack half speaker destroyed. Retro stabs are welcomed as the track evolves into a reprise of the original orchestral melody, filled with dub effects and slides away like a certain french electro music pioneer.

Track four, 'The Duke' is (the funk) no questions asked, with a little help from a legendary riff twisted through fuzz pedals. This slow building monster bursts into a chorus of bass and harmonising tones. Then back to the magic, rising and moving onto an epic drop that DJ's dreams are made of.

The penultimate number, Code One apparently over a year in the making. A design for the perfect mind bending slow build. This track stands up as a classic of the genre with a tongue firmly in cheek for all sci-fi geeks. It literally rises and rises, then explodes into a final third like Orbital was trapped in an elevator with Josh Wink's consciousness. Sure to destroy sub-stacks across the globe.

The final track of the ep is the 'Mark Archer Remix' of title track 'The Reason'. This Deep via Detroit techno classic introduces the original vocals at a clever half tempo loop. Full of the soul of the original but moving it onto motor city with dark shuffled percussion and a ton of atmosphere. Underlining the ep's ethos perfectly.

For more information:

Label: sonicheavy.co.uk
Web: mattjarrett.co.uk

Studio Update

Update! Matt had a very productive studio session with Rachel today. Stay tuned for details of forthcoming EP!

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