Throwing Snow – ‘Wallow’ (Super)

The wonderfully named Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow finds himself in an enviable position on the post-dubstep chopping board. As founder of A Future Without recordings, musical consultant for Hear No Evil and a producer/DJ in his own right, he’s got his fingers in ’nuff musical pies.

But from all his roles, it’s the manner in which he constructs electronic aural delights which has earnt him the most applause. His musical digitalisms have been fresh enough to provoke Alexander Nut and now Raffertie into utilising their imprints as outlets for his musical output. As arbiters of underground taste go, few reps carry quite as much clout as those belonging to this pair – they possess two of the most discerning sets of eyes when it comes to spotting needles of talent among the electronic haystacks constantly being thrown up. So Throwing Snow’s latest ‘Wallow’ EP, which Raffertie is backing on his Super label, staggers into summer 2011 pregnant with expectation.

Throwing Snow’s previous productions have seen him burrowing deep into the fertile hinterland between electronica and folk – with shades of house, garage and techier bleeps (as demonstrated on his debut ‘Un Vingt/Cronos’ on Nut’s Ho_Tep label) all caught up in his musical gauze. Wallow is definitely born in these shadows, yet comes adorned in the monochrome tonsils of vocal collaborator Py. Together the pair conjure up a pristine slice of electronic 2-step soul on the title piece, albeit one which sounds like it’s running away from some thing incredibly sinister. Throwing Snow’s cinema-esque production creeps and broods in equal measure, while the wide eyed vocal gives off a sweet melancholic stench reminiscent of dirty side streets, late nights and heart break.

He doesn’t let up off the darkness over the rest of the EP, with the musical marriage between himself and Py conjuring up the brittle boned-ghosts of Beth Gibbons and Portishead. ‘The Shadows I Make’ (with Gill Scott sound-alike Manc vocalist Russell Davies) may be more up-tempo yet remains smooth, sombre and portentous. Photomachine’s remix of ‘Wallow’ fit’s the original with pads and sends it off to an acid party while Raffertie opts to loosen the original’s collar and let Py’s vocal do all the talking. Wallow itself towers above the rest of the business on here – while the rest of the EP could do with a decent meal and a burst of sunlight this is an undeniably beautiful piece of music. More wallowing please…

Jim Ottewill

‘Wallow’ is out now on Super Recordings.