White Material's dark horse steps forward.
Galcher Lustwerk's vocal style is reminiscent of the literary "iceberg theory"— leaving certain things unsaid is more powerful than stating them. Combining just a few well-chosen words with stripped-back house beats has been a potent signature sound for the White Material artist. This approach was showcased last year on his debut single, Tape 22, and then on his 100% Galcher mix for Blowing Up The Workshop, which RA writers voted their favourite online mix of 2013. "It started from trying to make rap records," he told us last year. "I became more and more interested in using words to communicate ideas—but only inferred ideas, not explicitly explained ones."
This month the US producer will release his second solo EP, a vinyl-only effort for UK label Tsuba Limited. Galcher's RA podcast offers a glimpse into his wider inspirations, and it's little surprise that vocals play a central role. Recorded in mixtape-style, spoken-word interludes and raps are interspersed with experimental cuts and a few of his unreleased tunes.
What have you been up to recently?
Traveling, DJing, busywork, moneywork, funnywork.
How and where was the mix recorded?
Laying in bed on my laptop with Ableton.
Can you tell us about the idea behind the mix?
Basically it's a bunch of random tracks that I've been really into and have wanted to compile for a while. Some I've picked because of the overall sound, others because of their subject matter. It's more of a mixtape than a DJ mix.
Is there a vibe or a general message you look to put across with your vocal performances?
I just want people to have a good time and to dance!
Are there hip-hop MCs whose style you particularly respect?
Off the top of my head; Yung Gleesh, Mac Dre, Future, Doom, Lil B, Juicy J, Yung Simmie, Purrp, Freddie Gibbs, Lil Durk, Bone Thugs, Hieroglyphics, Buckshot...
What are you up to next?
A 12-inch on Tsuba Limited, some remixes, and playing parties all over the place. I'm extremely grateful for all the support I've gotten so far and hope to further crystallise my vision as I start work on my next release for White Material Records.