Jabu – Move In Circles – NC7001
From the musique concrete FM synthesis of Killing Sound to the outsider Techno experiments of El Kid & Vessel, No Corner, the unassuming, cassette based label covers a wide range of sounds. A few days ago we received word that they are further advancing into analog territory - Next week will see the launch of their first vinyl release. Headlining this new avenue for the label are the pair that provided the first release on the label back in 2012: Beat maker and samplist: Amos Childs alongside vocalist and mic-poet: Alex Rendall - together known as JABU. The 7" is in the D.I.Y. process of design as we speak and upfront copies will be released via RwdFwd this Friday and other outlets from Wednesday 29/05. NC7001: Side A: JABU - MOVE IN CIRCLES Side B: JABU - YOU & I (KAHN REMIX) Having heard these tracks, immaculately mastered via 1/2 inch tape at Star Delta, we are very excited to be able to bring you this news and also offer you an exclusive jabu mix along with a few words from the artists themselves. Daniel Davies catches up with the two of them to find out more - DD - Amos, ever since I went record shopping with you in second hand shops around gloucester rd, I noticed that you have a very eclectic taste for music, you were picking up old Hip-Hop records, Indian sitar music, Soul 7"s and Dancehall 12"s with great interest. Your music as j a b u, however portrays very clear cut ideas, stripped back 1-minute loops often seem to get your point across effectively... What mindset are you in when you make music as jabu? Do you use the music you listen to as a starting point, with samples for example, or do you create your own listening space when making tracks? Amos: Most of the time it will start with a sample and then develop from there quite quickly, a lot of it is about finding the right sounds to work from in the first place for me, and that involves a lot of looking. A lot of the music I make, as I'm sure is the case with most musicians, will never see the light of day, a lot of it is pretty all over the place.. Alex: I think the pair of us share a strong connection as friends but we also have very similar tastes in music and if we're not into the same shit at one time, we'll often trade tunes and end up on the same page musically, I think that shared experience has had a big impact on our writing process, when we're in the same sort of headspace it doesn't take much verbal communication to reach a mutual vision of how we want things to roll when we're writing/recording. With the words I really want to be as open as I can whilst telling weird but real stories about the things I've seen and I think the tone of what A creates somehow matches the images I have in mind. After seeing you and Alex play live, I feel that jabu is represented by the instrumental side as much as the poetic wordplay, this is as present as it would be in the most conscious of rap music, but it seems you strike a clear balance and focus on both the vocal and instrumental side of music, often leaving either to speak for itself entirely. DD - Your latest release sees you return to the previously cassette-only label 'No Corner' who's first release A-side featured 'Jabu - Live at the Tape-Echo Studio'... Whereas this recording showcased the raw & direct side of Jabu, with eloquent vocals sprayed over noise-based loops and beats from you, as well as other young echo members, the latest 7" 'Move In Circles' and Kahn's remix of 'You & I' on the flip, portrays a more structured side of Jabu, almost song-like, these feel very complete and aesthetically accomplished... Could you tell us more about these specific tracks and the process behind them? Alex can you give us some background on the lyrics? Alex: Lyrically both songs are about a woman, a relationship that's ended bitterly. It's an attempt to communicate some of the extremely negative thoughts and feelings that come over you when you're impacted by something like that in life. You can lose yourself and become a bit mad, it's about loss really. No one teaches you how to cope with such things, expression can be of great help when you're figuring shit out, a lot of good has come out of writing these lyrics for me. Amos: I think we were both thinking a lot about loss at that time, not necessarily in the same way, but it wasn't a happy time for either of us. Also they are both about 3 years old now, we were writing in a more structured way then I suppose, although elements of the verse - chorus - verse thing are starting to creep back into our music now. Alex: Both tracks were recorded on a dynamic mic, a Beta 58 with a pop filter attached to the base of the mic, budget music production baby! DD - And lastly, respect for the mix! What's the idea behind it? I know you said you'd rather not give a tracklist... Amos: I wanted to make something more like a mixtape, that would make people come back and keep listening to it. A lot of it is music I've done that would probably never have seen the light of day otherwise, there is some stuff by most of the Young Echo guys in there too.
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