Kelvin (collect) - 77DL

by Martin Archer

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"Slippery samples and sinewy, frazzled beats. Gritty sonic graffiti, yet this music later provided the foundation for refined arrangements made by Archer for his acclaimed collaborations with vocalists Julie Tippetts" - JULIAN COWLEY, THE WIRE

During 2007, having reached a musical point where a number of things had stopped and a number of new things were still being formulated, I decided to aid the transition by making, and issuing anonymously on vinyl, 15 tracks influenced by the dubstep and related EDM I was hearing at the time. Some of these were solo recordings, but others featured vocalist Rosie Brown, who generously allowed me to take some liberties with re-pitching her voice, turntablist UTT Foster, and my son James Archer on computer and horns.

Some of the resulting vinyl releases were sold through Discus, some went direct to specialist shops, and others were discreetly abandoned in the racks of various record shops where they could enjoy a chance encounter with an unsuspecting buyer. I still occasionally lodge a handful of the remaining copies in local charity shops.

More significantly, those listeners who follow my work will soon realise that many of these pieces subsequently formed the basis of tracks across my first four CDs with Julie Tippetts, particularly Serpentine, where they were orchestrated with additional music from drummer Peter Fairclough and guitarist Gary Houghton.

However, the original stripped back versions seem to have stood the test of time, and I’m very happy to collect them all together now in this download only release.


released October 29, 2018

Martin Archer (all instruments) with Rosie Brown, UTT Foster, James Archer.


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Discus Music Sheffield, UK

Discus Music was founded in 1994 by Martin Archer and Mick Beck, and is the CD imprint for their many and various projects, plus those of selected colleagues. Limited in its scope only by the imagination of the artists, the sounds to be found on the label vary between electronic rock music, free jazz, extended songform, improvised music, and other releases which simply cannot be categorised. ... more

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