Biography of Derailleur
|Real name / ||Lee Graves|
Following his timely 2004 debut on Varial, the Derailleur sound continues to gather momentum and prestige. Having gained a reputation for solid production values and engaging live performance, Derailleur has cemented his status as one of the UK's most promising electronic talents..........
Extracting the best from stateside and european influences, the Derailleur sound is typified by deep chords, syncopated rhythms and punchy, analogue basslines. Within this techno/house blueprint elements of dub, disco, jazz, classical and punk can all be referenced. A strong commitment to hardware based live performance has been well rewarded. Voted DJ Mags 'Best Live Act' following 2007's inaugral Bloc Weekender, Derailleur's live sets are visually stimulating and sonically daring. With a swelling portfolio of output, including recent remix duties for The Black Dog and Vector Lovers, as well as the completion of his debut album 'Mechanical Isolation' 2008 look set to be a significant year. Both listenable and danceable in equal measure the long player is both a nod to the past and a window to the future. Fusing electronic sensibilities with classical orchestral instrumentation, the album is brimming with the raw emotional seductiveness that has come to typify the Derailleur sound.
As well as completing his solo LP, the long standing collaboration with Varial Records frontman Mat Carter has also produced an album. Following a chance encounter over a decade ago, the Betaville project has born much fruit. Drawing heavily from cinematic inspiration the pair continue to explore the furthest angles of electronic music. The project has enjoyed enthusiastic support from the Dust Science label, with tracks such as Surface Tension appearing on the 2007 compilation Faith is Fear. A second track from the LP has also been featured on the new 'Watch the Ride' Compilation Mixed by Andrew Weatherall. Out now on Harmless Records, the duo are highly optmistic of the projects future.