Tag Archive: hessle audio

Pearson Sound, HES026

David Kennedy makes his triumphant return with HES026, drawing on his skill for spacious, innovative rhythms and sparse, starkly touching melodies for one of his most focused and effective records to date.

Joe, Slope / Maximum Body Muscle

A record from Joe is a seldom seen treat, and with Slope / Maximum Body Muscle for Hessle Audio the shadowy producer delivers some of his most extroverted work yet.

Pev & Kowton, Raw Code

The pairing of Peverelist and Kowton feels right at home on Hessle Audio on their Raw Code 12″.

LWE Podcast 115: Ben UFO is archived this week

LWE’s 115th podcast, by famed DJ and co-founder of Hessle Audio Ben UFO, was an eclectic mix of old classics, current favorites, and unreleased cuts. Be sure to add it to your collection before it’s archived this Friday, February 8th.

Pangaea, Release

Pangea’s double EP, Release, is a record that contains a strong selection of darkly seductive night music — low key and built to last.

LWE Interviews Pangaea

Little White Earbuds caught up with Pangaea to talk about the early days of Hessle Audio, the perils of “listener fatigue,” and why techno may well be the way forward.

Bandshell, Dust March

Bandshell makes his production debut with a tight EP that balances bleak techno flavors with classic Hessle Audio fare.

Elgato, Zone / Luv Zombie

Elgato follows 2010’s brilliant “Blue” with the long anticipated Zone / Luv Zombie, marking Hessle Audio’s 20th release.

LWE Podcast 115: Ben UFO

We’re elated to present LWE’s 115th podcast mixed by Ben UFO, one of the undisputed tastemakers of the current UK scene. We also caught up with him to chat about his house conversion, dance music’s political edges, and Skrillex.

Objekt, Cactus / Porcupine

After more than half a year without new releases, Hessle Audio storms back into action with Cactus, Objekt’s powerful label debut.

Pangaea, Hex/Fatalist

Hessle Audio co-owner Pangaea makes his debut for Hemlock with what is potentially his creative apex thus far.

Peverelist, Dance Til The Police Come/Fundamentals

Dance Till The Police Come/Fundamentals is a departure from Peverelist’s past work, taking the nervous tics of “Better Ways Of Living” or “The Hum” and jetting off with them into full-on rave hysteria.

Pangaea, Inna Daze/Won’t Hurt

Hessle Audio kicked off this year in fine form with Inna Daze/Won’t Hurt, a sterling 12″ from label mainstay, Pangaea.

LWE Interviews David Kennedy (Pearson Sound/Ramadanman)

After years spent releasing forward-thinking and consistently genre-defying music, 2010 was the year where David Kennedy’s name never seemed to leave the lips of critics and consumers alike. LWE caught up with Kennedy to chat about the CD, vinyl in general, and exactly how much free time he has left.

LWE Podcast 70: Elgato

If Elgato is keen for music itself to do most of the talking, LWE’s 70th exclusive podcast is a good start. Showcasing old U.S. and UK house and garage, his mix makes a compelling argument for their shared history.

LWE’s Top 5 Labels of 2010

Elgato, Tonight/Blue

Even Hessle Audio’s impressive year of releases fades into the background as soon as the needle drops onto its latest, Elgato’s Tonight/Blue.

Joe, Claptrap/Level Crossing

Joe. With such a short and sweet name one might expect his music to be similarly simple, but these presumptions are turned upside down by his tunes.

LWE 2Q Reports: Top 5 Labels

Six full months into 2010, the record labels that have impressed me the most have one thing in common: from record to record, their releases are as varied as they are superb. Here are five record labels, in no particular order, that stood tallest in my memory and heaviest in my collection.

James Blake, The Bells Sketch

I’m not exactly sure how to peg James Blake. But if dubstep professes to be music made for dance floors, then the young British producer almost certainly isn’t making it. His proudly unquantized beats (throbs of crunchy sound more than proper drum-hits) skitter in and out of the mix like confused cockroaches; his melodies, while warm, soulful, and usually ripped from records made in far simpler musical times, float over the proceedings like a minute-old ganja cloud — still pungently present, yet barely there. Despite sounding more than a bit like Untold, who’s championed his productions as labelhead at Hemlock, refashioned as a sleazy lounge act, Blake brings a strangely anthemic quality to productions which otherwise would probably be too experimental (or just downright blazed) for club consumption. Indeed, his latest offering, The Bells Sketch for the seriously in-bloom Hessle Audio label, has already attracted the attention of adventurous jocks like Dub War residents Dave Q and Alex Incyde, who managed to move floors (while simultaneously weirding them out, in a good way) when they each closed out recent sets with the A-side. It’s Blake’s most sophisticated record to date, but that doesn’t mean his dance floor credentials make a whole lot more sense.