2014 was a break through year for clubnight-cum-label Astral Black, hosting a slew of raucous parties and putting out great records by Inkke and Milktray. A firm supporter of artists native to Glasgow, his current hometown, the next release on Jon Phonics’ Astral Black comes from 20-year old newcomer Dressin Red. We don’t know a great deal about the young producer but the early signs are promising, with the likes of Lucky Me, Gilles Peterson and Soulection all showing support. ‘Head/Body’ is made up of 8 tracks, with the first four contemplative tracks aimed at the ‘head’ and the following quartet of bangers geared squarely at the ‘body’. Built from fractured field recordings, skewed R&B vocals and arresting live instrumentation, his style may be somewhat similar to his beats contemporaries but his versatility and the abundance of ideas on display here really shines through.
In a year that’s billed to be their most prolific to date, this is a firm flag set in the ground by Astral Black – exclusively stream the entirety of ‘Head/Body’ via the player below.