First Listen: Morgan Hislop – ‘Restless Like Me’ (Phone Home Records)

‘Smitten’ is the London-based producer and multimedia artist’s debut solo EP.

Morgan Hislop‘s debut single ‘Bright As The Moon, But Darkened By The Drama’ came out last year on Slugabed’s Activia Benz label, and he’s also released a split EP with UK producer Cholombian. His debut solo EP, ‘Smitten’, is coming out December 11 on Hairy Hands’ Phone Home Records, who’ve previously unleashed Taylor Barrow’s excellent ‘1161’ EP into the world.

The six-track ‘Smitten’ is characterised by its bright and curious magpie-like nature. A Pop hybrid situated halfway between the bedroom and the club, it’s also a highly personal work for Hislop, who describes it as ‘an optimistic ode to the recovery of separation’. Every track of the record is laced with field recordings from Mexico, USA and Europe that he created whilst travelling as a session musician with Tropics. Hislop also designed the accompanying artwork, a series of surreal juxtapositions caught between figure and object.

We’re happy to premiere ‘Restless Like Me’, where the producer lays down a bed of dreamy, reed-thin synths before serving a chopped-up R&B vocal on top. It’s a vibrant, addictive concoction that should have you hammering repeat before the EP drops next week.

‘Smitten’ is out 11 Dec on Phone Home Records.

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