Circle Traps, Rocketnumbernine, Inch-time
Mystery Plays Records presents a night of ecstatic jazz and future electronics. Circle Traps, who deftly combine jazz and future beats play in support of their new self-titled debut EP. Support from synth / drum duo Rocketnumbernine who will be performing fresh from their one-off live collaboration with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) at the Mutek Festival. Inch-time returns to Café OTO to perform another lush set of electronic explorations.
Jack Wyllie and Duncan Bellamy both play in the Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet and Circle Traps is the result of their collaboration with friend Will Ward whose East London studio is the focal point for the trio’s productions.
Wiring their own instrumental skills on drums, saxophone, bass, flute, keys and guitar to samplers and buoyed by a love of everything from minimalism to jungle, from Joy Division to World music, Circle Traps have arrived at a sound that marries the brittle romantic textures of Bjork’s Vespertine to the glacial atmospherics of Thomas Köner to more fluid jazz-like explorations of rhythm.
RocketNumberNine have finally captured their unmistakably intense sound, putting it down to tape in one take for Kieran Hebden’s (Four Tet) Text imprint and are beginning to reach people everywhere. Having recently toured with Four Tet, Caribou, James Holden and Nathan Fake, they’re proving to be as comfortable in a club environment as they are in a more traditional gig setting.
Since releasing his earliest records back in 2003, Stefan Panczak, aka Inch-time, has quietly forged an irrepressible niche which has taken on a life of its own. His subtle melding of gleaming electronica and a whole host of other ingredients – from dub to folk textures, and languid jazz stylings to post-rock atmospheres – has evolved to take in new elements while sticking to the unique approach which Panczak has made his signature since his debut album, 2005’s Any Colour You Like. The Floating World, the third Inch-time album, finds Panczak on the cusp of a new beginning. It marks the first release on his new self-run label, Mystery Plays Records, and as such is the latest stage in Inch-time’s evolution. With an enchanting melodic grace reminiscent of Philip Glass, Panczak’s minimal and achingly fragile electronica soars and glides, bewitching with its slow- burning and otherworldly touches.