NUMBER is a new forward-thinking sound machine fronted by Ali Friend and Rich Thair – the co-founders and rhythm section of electronic pioneers and musical renegades, Red Snapper. Inspired by a love of A Certain Ratio, Talking Heads, P funk and scratchy dub, the industrious duo have recently been busy in the studio working on new material together, and are pleased to announce the release of their debut album entitled ‘Binary’, released 24th April via Sunday Best Recordings.
NUMBER enjoy the clash of old ideas with new ideas; old sounds with new sounds; acoustic with electronic. They seamlessly fuse elements of funk, jazz, post punk and noise with fearless electronica, to create their own unique and dynamic musical vision which is danceable, thrilling and deeply progressive. Dirty disco bass lines, noisy drum machines, wonky percussion, leering live drums, broken guitar melodies and the floating vocals of Dan carney (Astronauts), Luisa Gerstein and Heloise Tunstall-Behrens, create a compelling collision of sonic textures, leftfield beats and found sound. From the slicing live drums and jagged guitar melodies of ‘Red Flag’, the do-it-yourself, art school approach to ‘Face Down in Ecstasy’ – recently premiered on dance music website Data Transmission, to the sub-tropical, funk-infused ‘Wedge’ and the sonic industrial inflections of ‘Never Change’, the duo constantly question and re-define their musical sensibilities across ten innovative tracks of warped rhythms and loose limbed grooves.
Ahead of the release of the album, NUMBER are pleased to share the hypnotic mutant grooves of album track ‘Titan Shuff. STREAM ABOVE.
DEBUT ALBUM RELEASED 24TH APRIL VIA SUNDAY BEST RECORDINGS
After the success of their debut album ‘Inside The Sun’, regular airplay from the likes of Gilles Peterson, BBC 6 Music and Radio One, live shows across Europe and a recent collaboration with FiFi Rong, ever-evolving electronic/soul collective Ink Project announce the release of their second album ‘Satellite On’ via the Blind Colour label.
Scheduled for release in early 2016 and featuring an array of new collaborators and vocalists, new single ‘Everything Change’ showcases Brighton-based producer Jez Lloyd’s unique ability to fuse a myriad of contemporary organic and electronic styles; skittering carnival-like percussion, hand shakers and dubby sub-bass undertones alongside neo-spiritual folk melodies; whilst Melanie Dymond waxes lyrical about break-up’s and change – effortlessly projecting her sugar-sweet vocals and blues/gospel-like harmonies in fine form.
Telemachus (The Full Hundred/Sony) steers the release into more upliftingly soulful yet laid-back territory before breakbeat legends Evil 9 (Lovers/Marine Parade/Punks) step-up to deliver a typically peak-time remix in trademark style. Finally, Red Snapper’s Rich Thair (Lo Recordings/Warp/Virgin) concludes with his frantically percussive, tribal re-interpretation – reminiscent of this cult band’s earlier work.
Out 8th January 2016 on Blind Colour via iTunes, Beatport, 7 Digital, Amazon and all of theusual suspects.
Following up the Hyena album – without a doubt Red Snapper’s best and most favourably received album in ages – comes an amazingly atmospheric re-rub of ‘Mambety’ from the one and only DJ Food. A cinematic tour de force that takes the original’s vocal and underpins it with deep sonorous strings and warm analog textures to create a late night classic that’s impossible to resist.
The accompanying video for Red Snapper’s “Mambety (DJ Food Remix) follows a a young boy who stumbles upon a trail of money while playing at the park. After spending his newfound loot on Nerf guns, fake blood and a clown mask, he carelessly basks in a “fool’s paradise”, enjoying his toys and the outdoors. Little does he know that something sinister lurks just around the corner, as the owner of the stolen funds is set on having every dollar returned…no matter the cost.
“Mambety” was directed by Danielle Callesen, a filmmaker and freelance writer who relishes in exploring dark and unusual themes. Her most recent feature, Make Them Disappear, a found footage film about a young boy who mysteriously finds himself home alone after viewing a strange object in the night sky, is making the direct-to-video rounds and features music by Red Snapper member Rich Thair. With a number of new projects in development, she is eager to delve into bolder subject matter and continue to collaborate with the equally rebellious, innovative and genre pushing Red Snapper.
Taken from Red Snapper’s Mambety EP. Check the new album Hyena on Lo Recordings.
To celebrate the great reaction to the recent Red Snapper‘s ‘Hyena’ album, Lo Recordings have splurged out and delivered us this beautiful 12”. Seriously limited (only 250 copies worldwide) and resplendent in a screenprinted bag with hand stamped labels and clear cellophane outer.
Featuring the original of Card Trick plus 3 remixes of outstanding quality. Tici Taci stretch out ‘Card Trick’ to create a rubberised elongation that could last all night…anyone for snake house? Weatherall is smashing the Tici Taci tracks at the moment. Village Tap – Auntie Flo Remix – bumping afro groove that takes you to the bridge overlooking a wild goat rave…deep dirty and sure to get you rutting. Village Tap – Rich Thair Remix – a chunky re-rub that oils the parts you didn’t even realize needed lubrication. It sound sounds like Red Snapper alright, but newly infused and enthused with a serious dose of voodoo funk.
Watch the video for “Card Trick” and stream the full EP below.
The first thing that strikes you about the new Red Snapper album is how much the band have raised their game. There’s no reason why bands shouldn’t get better over time, it’s just that a lot of names don’t stay hungry and creative. To start with it’s a great idea; an album inspired by the band’s recent soundtrack for cult ’70s Senegalese road movie ‘Touki Bouki’ – the first independent African film which was recently restored by Martin Scorsese and which is an afro-funk odyssey in itself.
Red Snapper have toured with the film for a year, playing the soundtrack live to audiences across Europe; themes from the score having been developed and extended to form ‘Hyena’. Hitting the studio at the end of this long haul on the road has delivered a super-tight energized performance, reminiscent of a 1970s approach to recording. And the ’70s are all over this soundtrack, combining beautifully with a cutting edge futuristic musicality that sets Red Snapper apart.
From the opening cut – ‘Card Trick’ – there’s a strong evocation of electric Miles Davis. Ali Friend’s succulent bass leaves all the space intact for David Ayers’ driving wah-wah chops and Tom Challenger’s ring-mod keyboards. Rich Thair’s drums blend the rhythms of blaxploitation and afro-beat effortlessly. But still the sound is as contemporary and innovative as you would expect from the band.
Ali Friend’s vocals are quite a feature in several tracks and he’s someone who knows how to use the timbre of his voice well, always poignant, never overdone. And on the track ‘Traffic’, Ali whips out the electric bass for a change. The results are blisteringly funky. ‘Hyena’ is a reflection of Red Snapper’s work over the last two decades. They don’t just pull it off, they make it sound easy, and that must be the result of touring hard before putting the tracks to tape.
This is more than a soundtrack… ‘Hyena’ is a timeless, African-influenced albumwhich has as much to do with the future as it has the past.
Hyena is out on Lo Recordings on September 15th 2014. Card Trick EP is released on June 9th 2014.