TD-W700 / Leazes
Limited to 300 pressing. All hand stamped with the 'Howes' logo. Includes download code. The first in the Melodic housebag range, featuring a 12" sleeve with hexagonal holes. Even in an age established on artists who don't feel the need to play instruments and creators who cut and paste, 19 year-old prodigy Howes already possesses a frightening amount of talent. With debut track 'Asiko' already embedded across the blogging internet, debut Melodic EP furthers on its vast promise. His is music of the mind; stylistically it takes root in the darker vespers of house music, its minimalist approach verging towards techno; but ultimately it acts as a sub-conscious portrayal of the editor's nature of his brain, their rhythms and nocturnal sounds the wholes of an underlying complex DNA matrix of mutated samples and beats. Yet the chaos underneath translates to something effervescent on the surface, the gentle hiss and click of the teenager's tape production wrapping the twitching beats and poly-warped textures into a restless, jittering but overridingly fluid sonic path. That Howes uses tape as part of his recording is an intention of his process; his hardware set-up of a modular synth and two Technic 1210s feeds into Ableton, where he completes the initial track, but he emphasises the importance of, as he puts it "getting the music back out of the computer." This would be nothing if Howes was anything less than an avid music consumer, but the 19 year-old draws his samples from a rigorously chosen volume of material. He's been making electronic music since he was just 10 years old, and lists everything from Cluster and Can (he points out 'Vitamin C's' groove is the same as 'Asiko's'), Delia Derbyshire through to early 90's Warp and the Border Community as direct and indirect influences on his work - a product of our internet/iPod generation, music knowledge now uncorrelated with age. From these borrowed sounds, though, he's created four tracks uniquely his own, with so many sounds cribbed from different time eras conversely pushing the resulting college into a time-transcendent realm. He himself describes his music as evoking "getting home from a heavy night, getting comfortable and listening to weird records." Weird indeed, but quite, quite wonderful.
12Released 29/07/2013BUY £8.99
Catalogue No: melo086lp
Availability: Readily available