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Highly respected underground House and Techno DJ Mark Ryal returns to Colour and Pitch with the follow up to his acclaimed 2015 debut EP ‘4th Floor and Rising’. A long-time resident at Glasgow’s Sub Club during the 90s, Mark often shared the booth with luminaries such as Derrick May and Claude Young, as well as hosting The Red Cell, a Thursday night soiree which gave this EP its title.
The Red Cell EP sees Mark exploring intensely personal themes throughout four musically rich, powerful and emotional compositions. From the dream-like opener ‘Blood Orange’ through a bleakly beautiful two part deep space odyssey ‘Orbiter’, to the elegant and tranquil melody of ‘Martian Sunrise’, ‘The Red Cell’ EP is best enjoyed as one single piece of sonic art.
“Something about my favourite producers I’ve always marvelled at is their ability to tell a story through the music. From Dan Curtin and Ron Trent to Carl Finlow and Larry Heard, from Kirk Degiorgio and Josh Brent to Lars Sandberg and Glenn Underground; all have special ways of making their songs flow and communicate with the listener. It’s something that has influenced me deeply throughout my life; it’s something I strive to achieve. This collection of music is the soundtrack to a certain point in my life: the point where we were waiting for my nanna (grandmother) to die. Hopefully they convey something of the joy she brought to me.” – Mark Ryal, 2017
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Wolf Hackmine is one of several alter egos employed by veteran Birmingham DJ and producer Steve ‘Griffo’ Griffiths, now residing in sunny Spain. Encapsulating the darker, techno-inspired side of Steve’s many influences, Wolf Hackmine was born during a New Year studio session as 2013 gave way to 2014, hence the title ‘One Three One Four’. In the three years since its creation, this highly effective acid house workout has become something of a closely guarded weapon shared with only a select few DJs, among them Richard Norris (Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve) who played the track at his notorious ‘Basement Filth’ event.
Finally released from the basement, ‘One Three One Four’ finds its home on Colour and Pitch alongside three very special remixes. Perhaps best known for his work on DiY Discs as a member of Alpha Dogs, Nottingham producer Tim Tonal takes the track into classic Deep House territory, subtly filtering those acid lines whilst adding warm, haunting chords and a shimmering piano breakdown. Founder member of pioneering Manchester rave act ‘Together’ turned composer and sound designer, Suddi Raval delivers an effortlessly cool ‘Acid Dub’ version, atmospheric and smooth throughout. Finally, Steve himself returns in his ‘Second City Firsts’ guise to rework the track, raising both intensity and urgency, summoning up classic Hardfloor by adding even more acid into the mix.
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Our very own Sumsuch couldn't resist remixing the track, blending many of the original parts with an entirely new creation based around warm, stirring chord pads, weighty bass and uplifting piano in the breakdown.
"Very peaceful and musical composition. Remix is great also. Big ups Tibor." - Ricardo Miranda
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Title track ‘We Choose’ is an evocative fusion of clean electronic beats, warm chords and 80’s guitar licks, sure to tickle the heartstrings. ‘Keep A Secret’ combines smooth, deep house with classic 303 acid lines, with a subtle vocal gently whispered into the listener’s ear. ‘Is It Tonight’ pays homage to classic new-wave music with its darker, dense aesthetic; haunting yet deeply sensual. ‘Set Us Free’ closes out the EP as it began, resembling ‘We Choose’ somewhat in terms of feel, with stunning, layered vocals performed by Eric himself.
“This EP was created over the course of a few months and goes between the contrasting worlds of hope, sadness, optimism, caution and the idea of feeling free; moving on and letting go for the now and for the future.” – Eric Shans, 2016
Title track 'We Give' is a lazily euphoric deep house piece, combining life-affirming, heavily effected vocals with comforting chords, laid over a heavyweight UK bassline. San Francisco dance music legend Gavin Hardkiss provides an up-tempo, bouncy and twisted interpretation of 'We Give' infused with eerie, other-wordly sounds and that unmistakable West Coast Hardkiss swagger.
A fitting companion to 'We Give', 'Already One' continues in the same melodic, understated vein. The subtle, slow-burning arrangement is surely inspired by Danny's regular trips to Lee Burridge's 'All Day I Dream' events, not to mention the pair's shared love of emotional, spine-tingling breakdowns. Already back in the studio working on new material, we hope you enjoy this maiden voyage from Sumsuch & Williams, an exciting new partnership that’s forming a special musical character of its own.
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Andrew Duke. Running his weekly radio mix-show show continuously for almost three decades, the Canadian DJ and producer's commitment to the cause simply cannot be questioned. Having released his own brand of mercurial, original music since '93, the title 'Famous' could be viewed as a tongue-in-cheek reference to Andrew's relative anonymity despite his frankly intimidating resume... Though he's clearly too busy curating and creating great music to worry about such things. First coming to the attention of Colour and Pitch through his dedicated support of our releases on the radio show, we were simply bowled over by the 'Famous EP' when it first arrived in our inbox.
Title track 'Famous' features Chicago spoken word artist Keter Darker, whose voice falls somewhere between Maxi Jazz and Gil Scott Heron in its languid, atmospheric delivery. Hypnotic conga rhythms and bleak synths give a sense of futility to the repeated lyrical refrain; 'everyone wants to be famous'. 'Gonna Make It (Second Nature)' plays with broken vocal snippets over slow-motion rhythms, building gently toward a spine-tingling, chord-laden, afro-tinged and utterly addictive groove. Referencing the political strategy of appeasement, the brilliantly titled 'Bread & Circus (Blind Nation)' moves the EP into late-night club territory, with techno influenced percussion and jazzy rhodes chords providing a sleazy backdrop for more of Keter Darker's powerful wordplay. At Andrew's personal request, Orlando's electronic explorer Q-Burns Abstract Message closes out the EP with a truly special reworking of 'Famous'. Expanding on the unique new sound he employed whilst remixing Sumsuch's track 'Shine' for Colour and Pitch last year, Q-BAM's version of 'Famous' is tense, uplifting, deeply cinematic and pretty much indescribable: just listen.
'Andrew Duke creates music that sounds like it has a reason for living' (The Wire, UK)
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Quirky, melodic and lusciously soulful, "Standstill" was conceived when producer and Colour & Pitch owner Will Sumsuch woke up with the melody and chords running through his mind. "Rather than waiting for the synths to warm up, I simply hummed them all into a mic," he says. "The track came together behind them quickly - just two hours. That's fast - probably faster than I've ever managed to in the past."
The final recording retains this homemade, spontaneous feeling, with uplifting lyrics soaring from a hypnotic, immobile hum. Those lyrics are delivered with characteristic passion and optimism by Gavin Hardkiss, who was curious to hear the rough demo and then inspired by the melodies to deliver his vocals on the fly. "Needless to say I was blown away," Sumsuch says. "I said I'd finish it the next morning, but Gavin insisted that we 'finish the thought.' So I stayed up all night polishing the track off."
That strange synchronicity is captured in vivid colours, as Hardkiss' vocals and Sumsuch's minimal chords soar, take flight and almost press through the speakers.
"Standstill" glows with a kind of indescribable warmth and sweet musicality, perfect as we reach the heights of summer.
Sumsuch is the head of Colour and Pitch, a Brighton-based independent record label specializing in handcrafted electronic music from the heart.
Gavin Hardkiss attained fame in the early- to mid-1990s as part of Hardkiss, the notorious San Francisco DJ collective and record label, as well as a solo artist under the moniker Hawke.
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Label owner Sumsuch takes the helm for the first of two remixes, dirtying up Da Funk's chord stabs by putting them through a guitar amp whilst adding warm, deep bass and classic House drums for a late-night club workout. Sumsuch's trademark melodic approach is highly evident however, particularly in the smooth, chord-laden breakdown.
Ultra-talented London producer Finest Wear provides the second remix, which is typically intricate, floaty and deep. Showcasing that euphoric piano alongside teasing breakbeat snippets somehow lends this version the feel of a 90's rave classic, without any need for hi-vis jackets or Vick's Vapour Rub to enhance the experience.
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As Sumsuch puts it: "So many DJs and producers are ploughing the same dry furrows of social media, fake success and delusional hopes, whilst the reality is a barren landscape, plundered of all nutrients and substance. Those of us who've always lived here know how to survive, but it's a tough environment."
Brooding opening track ‘Dust Bowl Dreams' could not embody the concept more fully, dominated by swirling, whooshing synth atmospheres and eerie chord fragments. Sumsuch took the decision to perform the filter sweeps and arrangement live in order to add even more tension and grit. ‘Guiding Light' offers a beacon of hope, an escape from the desolation of The Dust Bowl. Warm bass and haunting piano chords make this Deep House gem feel comforting and familiar. "Could you be my guiding light?" ask Sumsuch's heavily effected lyrics. Following is the only way to be sure.
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