Release Date: 26th March 2021
London-based record label Wisdom Teeth kicks off 2021 with something close to home: Blush -the playful, dynamic debut LP by label co-founder, Facta. Recorded unusually quickly over a short stint in early 2020, the record is the product of a period of refreshed and unfussy creativity. It’s an innovative and distinctly contemporary album that moves a good few steps beyond the artist’s workto date -loosely rooted in UK dance music but taking added influence from ambient, modern classical, dreampop, Balearic, folk music and beyond. The result is a lush, ornate record populated by aqueous pads, bleeping arps, wandering melodies and sparse broken rhythms; acoustic instruments that play out alongside FM synths, all processed with a pristine UV sheen inherited from modern pop music.
The record opens with ‘Sistine (Plucks)’ -a crystalline synth piece with a stumbling, shifting metre revolving around an odd-ended MIDI harp loop, coloured through with washed-out pads and snatches of found sound. This breezy mood follows through to ‘On Deck’, where an FM vibraphone rings out on top of woozy, warping chords and a subby soca groove. Moving forward the record moves cohesively through a range of shifting moods and hues. The machine jazz of ‘Brushes’ is tense and coiled, with nods towards Burnt Friedman, Photek and Eli Keszler. ‘Iso Stream’ sees a rich, colourful sprawl of arpeggiated synths and dissociated vocal chops unspool slowly to form pooling, lowlit melodies.
Title track ‘Blush’ is a forlorn Autonomic love song built from clicks-n-cuts -like dBridge & Instra:mental reduced and reinterpreted by SND. Throughout, bold, broad melodies take centre stage, and the tracks build likecompositions rather than loops or club tools. There are echoes of the dancefloor -particularly in the slo-mo bruk of ‘Verge’ and the glacial subs underpinning ‘Diving Birds’ (a collaboration with friend and Trilogy Tapes regular Parris) -however the end results find us somewhere far off. ‘Blush’ is the second long-form release to come from Wisdom Teeth following K-LONE’s 2020 debut album, ‘Cape Cira’, which was widely ranked as one the best LPs of 2020.
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1. Sistine (Plucks)
2. On Deck
5. Iso Stream
6. Diving Birds (featuring Parris)
8. Low Bridge (Lights)
Release Date: 27th November 2020
Wisdom Teeth label-head Facta rounds off the year with a two part ode to the dancefloor, pitting house and 2 step beats against warping FM synths à la Errorsmith and Mark Fell. ‘Doves’ picks up where 2019’s ‘Rose Red’ left off: all melting, pitch-bending synths that fizz and ping unpredictably around a solid 4x4 beat. On the flip, ‘MPH’ tugs on the heart strings with a plasticine MIDI melody, percussive vocal chops and a tearjerking set of high-gloss pads.
Released 7th June
Wisdom Teeth co-founder K-LONE is back on home turf with a four track EP of broken beats for big rigs. The last 18 months have seen him release an impressive run of records on a spread of acclaimed labels spanning a range of styles: slow-mo dub techno (‘Old Fashioned’ on Parris’s Soundman Chronicles imprint); anthemic halfstep (‘Barbarossa’ on his own offshoot label, Wych); low-lit UK garage (‘Furious Styles’ on Dr Banana); and dubwise broken-beat house (‘Dance of the Vampires’ on Idle Hands). The scope and variety of his output has been mirrored in the diverse array of record bags that these releases have snuck their way into: recent co- signs have spanned artists as eclectic as Ben UFO, Four Tet, Bake, Kiran Sande, Beatrice Dillon, Leif, Trevor Jackson, Batu, Commodo and Iggy Pop. The Sine Language EP sees him handling a range of styles and tempos, moving from paranoiac electro (‘Sine Language’) and low-slung percussive house (‘Batucada’) through to tripping, bleeping techno (‘Missed Calls’) and, finally, early hours dubbed-out house (‘Bells’).
01. Sine Language
03. Missed Calls