Things are getting quite exciting here – but first, the most exciting news! I’ve been in talks with a certain label rep with regards to writing music for a label that I’m a huge, huge fan of – I don’t want to say too much more until things have progressed a little, but needless to say I am hugely excited at the prospect of working with them.
Secondly, I’ve been working on a collaboration with Refracture which I cannot wait to share with you – it’s sounding absolutely fantastic, and has already been gaining some pretty fantastic support. If you decide to check out Refracture, be sure to also check out his first album – it’s bloody brilliant, particularly if you’re a fan of early-noughties breaks updated with a more contemporary, glitchy twist. That kind of thing is right up my street.
Other than that, I’ve got another vocal collaboration in the works (which is a secret for now) as well as a Pendulum remix on the go – the latter of which is for their competition which you can check out here. I’ve been through several ideas so far and right now I’m working on a progressive breaks-meets-filmscore remix that sounds quite, quite different to the original version.
I’m also trying to figure out how to perform Lightfields (and other non-album tracks) in a solo-live capacity…
As you may or may not have been aware, Zero 7 are currently running a nifty little remix competition. Given that I’ve spent the past age working on and releasing Lightfields, I figured I would try writing something a little different and this was a nice excuse to do just that.
So, as a result, I give you my remix of Futures!
(…in case that player isn’t working, you can check out the track via this link)
If you like what you hear, then I’d really appreciate it if you could vote it up. I had a lot of fun writing it, and it was a nice excuse to bust out the cowbell again.
Just a small update this time to let you know that Lightfields is now available to download/stream via Magnatune – which should be good news for subscribers (and for Linux users using Rhythmbox). I’m particularly fond of Magnatune and how they handled Distant Activity, so even if you’ve already picked up a copy of Lightfields I’d still highly recommend checking them out.
Well, the 8th is rapidly approaching and, along with it, the official release of Lightfields! The album will be made available via Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes and Spotify, with a Magnatune release coming due on the 11th.
For anyone who has pre-ordered a copy of Lightfields, I will be sending out your download codes later on tonight so keep an eye on your inbox. Also, full album lyrics will be made available both here and via my Bandcamp site.
I’m really looking forward to finally getting this out there and sharing it with you, and I’d absolutely love to know what you think of it. It’s certainly been a long time coming and I’m sure there will be a few surprises in store for anyone who’s been following my output in the past. It’s been a real labour of love on my part, and I couldn’t be happier with how it’s all turned out… and I hope you’ll feel the same way, too.
I figured it was about time I added some song lyrics to this website, which you can now check out via the “lyrics” tab above. So far I’ve included lyrics from Distant Activity and From Out Of Nowhere, though if anyone’s after something a bit more specific then I’m sure I could add to that list. Naturally, Lightfields lyrics will make an appearance once the album is released.
I recently had a bit of good news regarding some song licensing which has got me pretty excited – I don’t want to say too much until everything’s 100% finalised, but if it all comes through it could be a big deal. Interestingly, the song in question is currently being used by my band Civil Protection – it’s an instrumental version of “Anticitizen” – so feel free to give it a listen and, while you’re there, say hello to the rest of the band!
Thanks to everyone who’s picked up a copy of Lightfields so far – as well as being released through iTunes, Amazon et al, it will also be released via Magnatune on the 11th September. Magnatune really came through for me with the release of Distant Activity, so I’m thrilled that they’re going to be releasing Lightfields as well. Good news for Magnatune subscribers!
You might have noticed that I’ve gone and made some… “changes”… to the site. Why would I do such a thing, and what was wrong with the old site? Well… you might be pleased to know that this wasn’t done on a whim, and that there are more than a few good reasons for my deciding to switch to a more blog-esque site.
- Updating the old Flash site was a massive pain. Not only do I not have ready access to Flash since finishing university, but having to fire it up just to stick a new post on the site was massively inconvenient.
- Flash is not compatible with more than a few devices these days. Rather than exclude those users and continue using a Flash-based site, I decided to switch to this alternative. Yes, I am fully aware that the embedded Bandcamp players here use Flash – unfortunately, I really like the Bandcamp widgets and, until they release an HTML5 alternative, there’s not a huge amount I can do about that.
- The one-sidedness of my old site is something I had grown tired of. I want to hear from anyone who visits this site, and this allows everyone to get involved. Plus, because it’s a lot easier to update, I’ll be checking back a lot more often.
- I’ve got a new album coming up (no doubt I’ll be mentioning this a lot in the near future) so I figured now would be a great time to change things up a bit.
I’m sure I’ll be tinkering with the site some more as time goes by, but I’d love to know what you think. Anything missing that you’d like to see? Let me know!