Livity Sound (Kowton, Peverelist, Hodge)
One third of esteemed label Livity Sound, Kowton has made a name for himself over the past few years releasing a steady stream of innovative and heavyweight dancefloor material that takes equal influence from techno, house and UK sound system music. Aside from his work on Livity he's released on Hessle Audio, All Caps, Hemlock, Hotflush and R&S.
Peverelist aka Pev aka Tom Ford is the lynchpin in modern Bristollian electronic music. Coinciding with seismic shifts in the broader UK music scene, and during his decade managing the crucial Rooted Records store, Pev curated a new label, Punch Drunk Records in 2006. It's aim was to staunchly support a new fledgling musical movement within Bristol which reflected both the city's history of edgy genre mutations and it's sound system legacy.
Releasing bona fide classics early on, such as his own 'Roll With the Punches' and RSD's 'Pretty Bright Light', Punch Drunk has always had the vision to give many local artists their first release, often to international critical acclaim, including Kahn, Ekoplekz, RSD and Guido, as well as Peverelist himself. The label continues to this day to have a pure underground attitude to pushing new music from his adopted home town.
During this time, Pev co-hosted the now infamous Dubloaded club night alongside long time friend and collaborator Pinch, promoting intimate Bristol gigs for some of the biggest players in the UK scene and beyond, such as Mala, Joy O, Ben UFO, Kode 9, 2562, Shackleton just to name a few.
After releasing his own debut critically acclaimed 12" singles on Punch Drunk, his own style led the zeitgeist of the second generation UK dubstep sound and he began to carve his own niche, in his own inimitable style, releasing further 12"s on Skull Disco & Tectonic widely regarded as classics of the genre.
Pev followed this up with his unparalleled debut album 'Jarvik Mindstate' on Punch Drunk in 2009. and has since dj-ed worldwide, spinning his eclectic mix of techno and UK Sound System music. He had produced countless remixes along the way for the likes of Shed and Honest Jons, and has worked closely with Hessle Audio, releasing two 12"s with the label, 'Dance til the Police Come' and 'Raw Code' (co-produced by Kowton) and also contributing a track to their definitive '116 and Rising' compilation in 2011.
Meanwhile, as the wider UK scene was losing direction, Pev refocused his efforts and formed the Livity Sound label and collective alongside fellow Bristol based artists Kowton and Asusu, with the aim to pursue their shared ambitions and musical vision. The label released a series of 12" vinyl only releases, both solo and collaborative efforts, to critical acclaim, as documented in an extended Wire Magazine cover feature.
Autumn 2013 saw the release of a self titled double CD compilation bringing all of these tracks together in a digital format for the first time, resulting Resident Advisor's prized accolade of Label of the Year 2013.
2014 saw the label invite some of their favourite artists to reinterpret some of the tracks from the compilation. This project resulted in a series of stunning re-workings of the original material from the likes of Surgeon, 2562, Kassem Mosse & Mix Mup and Tessela to name a few. During this time, the Livity Sound trio developed and toured a formidable collaborative live show performing at clubs and festivals across Europe and Japan bringing a new energy to the material, whilst maintaining a perpetually hectic dj schedule.
Pev finished 2014 with a surprise mini LP '12,000 seconds' for London based tape label Magic and Dreams, venturing to the outer limits of his inimitable sound, a taster for highly anticipated new material set for release on Livity Sound through 2015.
With a run of releases on Livity Sound, Hotline Recordings, Berceuse Heroique and Hemlock Recordings, Hodge has quickly secured a unique position for himself in the UK's new school. Sitting on the edge of the more dystopian borders of Techno, Hodge's productions and DJ sets boast an unremitting sense of energy and excitement which cannot be missed.