Glasgow's Brian d'Souza has a mini-album in the works for Huntleys & Palmers.
d'Souza's been very busy over the past couple of years. First he started putting on Highlife parties at clubs around Glasgow, booking artists like Shackleton, Nicolas Jaar and Caribou and DJing as a resident. Then last year he starting rolling out his own productions: Goan Highlife and "Oh My Days" came out within months of each other, establishing a sound that's equally rooted in house, afrobeat and bass music.
Future Rhythm Machine further develops this sound. The title is a reference to the British-Ghanian writer Kodwo Eshun, who, as d'Souza puts it, "disputes the western futurist pre-occupation with noise in favour of rhythm." He continues: "it is the rhythm machine which joins the dots between all music of the black Atlantic from afrobeat and highlife to techno, soul and hip-hop... I have always been drawn to the rhythm or groove of any piece of music, much more so than lyrical content for example. When I listen to African music I hear new rhythms, new possibilities and a glimpse into another world."
Future Rhythm Machine clocks in at just over 30 minutes, and features all new productions from d'Souza. Guest appearances come from the Chilean singer Mamacita, who reportedly has her own material forthcoming on Huntleys & Palmers, and Esa, AKA Mervin Granger, a South African artist based in Glasgow who plays live with Auntie Flo and Sensu. It will be available digitally and on vinyl. Watch the trailer below to get a feel for the album.
The launch party for the album is happening later this month in room three at fabric in London, with Auntie Flo playing live with Esa.
01. Haven't got any body
02. La Samaria feat. Mamacita
03. yllw fllw
04. He makes the people come
05. Can I have him
06. I want to blow your mind feat. Esa
Huntleys & Palmers Audio Club will release Future Rhythm Machine on May 14th, 2012.