Line-up /TAPES (live)
Dexpert / DJ
Playing live on March 18th:
Raised from an arcane dust pile of smoldering electronics, rotted reels and jellied eels, the Tapes sound of ferric fiend J*?$!%* B^?*!? is London's most mains-hum ridden reggae hi-fi around! Currently Residing in his Mysterious London Labratory: "The Lodge", Tapes goes about leisurley creating riddims with busted cassette recorders and stolen spring reverbs whilst drawing influence from a mish-mash of early English and Jamaican electronics pioneers.
Touring with Gold Panda and Dam Mantle whilst selling out a run of “Nightcycles” pressed by Tough Love set Seams off to a very strong start. Having already released a free album and attracted hundreds of followers this represented the next step. Always a musician, James Welch went through school playing guitar in bands, often taking the role of producer. Starting out on four track tape he moved onto Logic then Ableton Live and most recently stepped back to tape incorporating a cassette dictaphone into his production setup.
Most electronic music fans will recognise in Seams’ organic sound a reference to traditional songwriting and structure. I’m sure for a new generation of listeners Seams will be the gateway drug to electronica for those kids that grew up listening to guitar music. Seams also invokes a fascination in his followers through his use of unpretentious concepts. His release on Pictures Music “Tourist” documents a summer spent living in Berlin with a laptop and a Dictaphone. The four tracks guide you sonically through Berlin’s different atmospheres with field recordings chopped and looped over subtle synth and drum work. Look out for the limited edition cassette tape which will be available at the next few Seams dates. Context is important in his music. ”Nightcycles” was composed around sounds from midnight bike rides.
Well good DJ, watch this space...