On ‘Other Life’ the creative forces of Scottish producer MAKENESS and art pop four piece Adult Jazz combine to create an addictive slice of catchy disco-not-disco with post-punk influences.
MAKENESS is the name of producer and songwriter Kyle Molleson. Having grown up in The Outer Hebrides it was at Leeds Uni that he meet Harry Burgess, Steven Wells, Tim Slater and Tom Howe of Adult Jazz. Drawing on influences from Afro Beat, New-Wave and techno in 2015 he had his debut release ‘Laca-Langa’, a thundering percussive track. Adult Jazz released two lovingly received records, 2014’s ‘Gist Is’ and 2016’s ‘Earrrings Off!’ (on Tri-Angle) and have established themselves as one of Britain’s finest new experimental pop groups, with lyrics that tackle questions of identity and belief.
For the collaboration, the intention was to write pop. “I invited Harry over to sing over a groove idea” says Kyle MAKENESS. “We wrote it around that in an afternoon and it kind of snowballed into this disco track that we both had really similar ideas with.”
“It was pretty instant,” says Adult Jazz singer/ songwriter Harry “we came away from that first afternoon with these really nice melodies/instrumental things. I sent it over to Tom (Adult Jazz) and he did some structuring. It’s nice for Kyle and I to work in that zone, cause we love it, but don’t often do it. Its quickness was quite a shock for me.”
Prior to the release on Meno Records, a then unreleased ‘Other Life’ was remixed by Whities producer Minor Science. 15 dub plates were pressed up and stamped with MXMS, finding their way to Jamie XX, Ben UFO and Roman Flügel, who all played the track. The original track is now being released by Meno Records, with a limited run of 300 12” as well as being made available digitally.
Fans of avant-disco will rejoice at the sound, with its loose and un-quantized groove, synth squeaks, flourishes and off-kilter vocal falsetto, it’s the artists but not as you know them and totally addictive. MAKENESS and Adult Jazz let their hair down and follow Arthur Russell’s advice; ‘First Thought, Best Thought’.
Good Manners Records announce their first international signing – eclectic Scottish musician Makeness. Licenced from UK tastemakers Handsome Dad Records (Spring King, The Big Moon), his lead single ‘Rogue’ has been championed by the likes of the Fader, DIY Mag and Clash, while also receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1. The title track and first taste from Makeness’ debut EP, it’s bound to stamp this genre-bending talent on the map, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to you.
Makeness can be mapped to the vast, open hills of Scotland, and a desolate ridge of the same name where producer and songwriter Kyle Molleson arrived after a less-trodden path. His childhood was spent moving between Edinburgh, The Outer Hebrides and South West England, before an interest in music and technology in part led to a degree in Electronics at Leeds University. Here, playing bass in Glad Hand led to numerous trips north of the border, where the band worked on an album in the hillside studio he helped build.
‘Rogue’ introduces a debut EP themed around the idea “of having two realities, and not being able to distinguish which one is real life.” It’s a selection caught between places and states, with the rhythmic, increasingly-urgent ‘Laca’ and ‘Langa’ finished following a move to London, and starkly contrasting with the wide open spaces of Makeness’ roots. Drawing on a passion for Afrobeat, New Wave, Folk Music and Detroit Techno – from a unique vantage point in the Scottish wilderness – Makeness’ debut EP contains four largely-instrumental songs, but all still vocal in their movement, openness and depth.
Out via Good Manners Records (AU/NZ) December 9th. Stream the b-side ‘Laca-Langa’ below.