Described by himself as “a nostalgic record devoid of nostalgia”, we got him to run through the concept behind the music and some music the tracks were inspired by:
“Clubeighteen2thirty is about the good times, and the bad. It’s remembering fondly – through rose-tinted shutter shades – the hazy nights of kaleidoscopic sounds, and reliving the traumatic ones on the comedown of your life. The record title takes it name from the hedonistic package holiday company, but really it’s a meditation on my clubbing days from the ages of, well… ages 18-30.
There’s a stark difference in theme/sound to this album compared to the pure pessimism of Vantablank Stare, but I tackle each project separately and on this record I was trying to delve deep into my own raving history and to script the purist of optimistic viewpoints of moments past. It’s a nostalgic record devoid of nostalgia or pastiche. Each track was designed to channel a particular vibe and time, so below I shall describe these moments in a stream-of-conciousness-not-matter-of-factly manner.”
1. No More Propofil
Track Influence: Hudson Mohawke – Star of a story
“My oldest and dearest mate put me onto the Madlib masterpiece that is Quasimoto’s ‘The Further Adventures of Lord Quas’ around the time I was fully consumed by the DnB DJ virus (a degenerative disease that can cause tunnel vision and closed-mindedness) and it honestly changed my listening habits for life.
An obsession with HudMo’s ‘Hudson’s Heaters’ mixtape came next, as well as a stumble down the rabbit hole of the regrettably named ‘wonky’ genre. Lots of outings to Deviation nights were had, and a hilariously awkward (but lolz) moment for me was seeing an exchange between Kode9 and Simon Reynolds re: the badly informed article by the Raving Lunacy author (good book, this): Feeling wonKy: is it ketamine’s turn to drive club culture?.”
2. Baby You’a Drug
Track Influence: Burial – Stolen Dog
“I’ve got a penchant for tears-on-the-dancefloor vibes, I think if I was born later I would have been a fully-formed emo in my teens, though I don’t think Remington could make a straightener tough enough to tame my wild curls. Anyhow ‘Stolen Dog’ is as emo a title you can get for such a melancholic broken garage track. This tune was aimed at portraying that clammy-handed feeling of finding luv-in-da-club, albeit in a chemically-charged romantic state. The title however takes it’s name from a Gucci Mane lyric.”
3. Lost Squat Dog
Track influence: Dave The Drummer & Chris Liberator – One Night In Hackney
“It’s Halloween and you’re somewhere in the London Docklands area, 1 hour+ deep in a queue to an illegal party. Feeling there could be no end to this line – and feeling the courage brought on by another type – you jump over a fence and run across a breakers yard as the deafening siren from an intruder alarm sends your Columbian anxiety into overdrive. A quick scramble up a fence and you’re into the rave, techno drips from the speakers ceiling-to-floor as polka-dot-scarfed dogs dash round the squat juice at your feet below. Track related, but much better story tellers than me.”
4. Let’s Commodify Our Love
Track influence: Young Thug – Can’t See Em
“I think I always held a bit of a grudge against rap producers seeing as it’s trap derivative was responsible for the brostep suicide pact via pink molly that killed dubstep for me, however in later years I warmed to it, and stuck tracks onto mp3 players at the rate Lil Peep popped xans (RIP).
This Metro Boomin, Southside, & DJ Spinz banger voiced by an Atlanta lad named Jeffery is the pinnacle of rap beat production & melody for me, and this interplay of elements is what I channelled on ‘Let’s Commodify Our Love’, the title being a reference to big business’ impact on electronic dance music. Watch the video here for more on that.”
5. Bath Salts in the Saccharin
Track Influence: Luna C – Piano Progression
Happy hardcore was a big part of my teens, you could buy tape packs from my local record shop and my best mate’s mum had a strong collection of United Dance CDs she’d let us preside over, much to the horror of my mum. I originally had this track on an old Hixxy mix, and stumbled across it again years later whilst digitally crate-digging the vaults of Hard To Find Records (a site wich then had laughable prices for “rarities” and a wishlist system I’m still getting notifications from 10 years later).
I mentioned earlier that I was trying go the exact opposite of anything that could be considered pastiche, and so let us consider the rave piano on Bath Salts’ are my addition to the hardcore continuum, white gloves notwithstanding.”
Clubeighteen2thirty is out now on Local Action.
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