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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

TRACK LISTING:
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 - Out July 14th

Matt Jarrett - The Reason EP

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

TRACK LISTING:
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

The Reason EP - Out 14th July

The Reason EP - Out July 14th

Sonic Heavy Press Release 2

Tommy Mundell - Life EP

Label: Sonic Heavy Records
Catalog No: SH003
Release date: 2013-7-1

TRACK LISTING:
1. LIFE
2. ALWAYS IN MOTION
3. DEEP INSIDE YOU KNOW 

UK label, Sonic Heavy Records formed earlier this year with a view to releasing music full of emotional content from a myriad of passionate artists, without being limited by genre. Launching with Mark Archer’s excellent ‘Triangle EP’, the label now turns to Tommy Mundell, whose ‘Life EP’ comprises 3 tracks of deep experimental House.

Growing up in Portsmouth, England, Tommy Mundell first began playing at events organised with like-minded friends before advancing onto bigger club bookings alongside names like Josh Wink and Mr C. Drawing on diverse influences from his parents’ music collection, to early Rave, Jungle and the progression of House, Mundell has gradually developed his own evolving electronic style, evoking the best of dance culture history, while remaining defined and innovative.

The opening, ‘Life’ is a rich marimba based melodic hit, with a solid bounce and percussion that lures you into the dance, holding your attention while driving forward and evolving. Its subtle, measured breakdowns and effects push a wooden pattern into a metallic timbre to hypnotic effect. A classic summer rhythm and perfect journey opener.

The second track, ‘Always in Motion’, does exactly what it says on the tin. Growling baseline notes and voice-like pads work in unison, introducing a Vince Watson-esque slow rise arpeggio and intertwining melody. This whole breakdown emerges with beautiful timing like an audio sunrise.

Final track, ‘Deep Inside You Know’ is a cool thumper that plays retro Garage stabs and warm drums through melody lines and dub effects. Fizzing and pumping its way through familiar yet haunting notes, it’s perfect food for any underground connoisseur.

Sonic Heavy Press Release

Mark Archer - Triangle E.P.


TITLE: Triangle E.P.
LABEL: Sonic Heavy Records
RELEASE DATE: 29th April 2013


Since it's inception Mark Archer has been integral to the evolution of UK's dance music culture. While treading a path from his underground roots in acid house under multiple guises, through sonic experiments with many genres and onto major chart success. The one underlying current that's remained present through this journey is his enduring interest in the Detroit Techno sound. 

The Triangle EP. Comprises 3 tracks that evoke as many separate angles. The brutally hard and driving opening title track immediately demands a response. It's rotating baseline sequence shifts up introducing familiar motor city sound motifs while remaining defined and innovative. The 4 to the floor beat filters out of existence half way through, only to return with renewed venom. The Future, is indeed an experiment in genre play. It's solid, focused 80's electro break is underpinned by a beautiful atmosphere that lifts the track while never undermining it's dance floor potential. 

The final track Pattern 27, is a Detroit tour de force and genuine statement. It's constantly phase shifting arpeggio and wonderful growling baseline offer a prelude to trademark futuristic strings that slowly emerge, exactly as you want them to. An ominous debut for Sonic Heavy Records.

Track List -

1. Triangle
2. The Future
3. Pattern 27


For more information on Mark Archer

Web: markarcher.co.uk
Label: sonicheavy.co.uk


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