Truth be told, what initially grabbed me was the album art with its subtle yet effective display of lineographically-smart logo construction by Richard Robinson (pictured above). But having signed on with Sav Remzi‘s label Tirk Recordings in November 2007, Architeq’s Birds of Prey EP makes for the latest welcome addition to the dubstep scene. And with four very well-written and produced tracks by Sam Annand, I greatly look forward to his full album release later on this year. At 21 years-old, Annand is an East London-based producer with a penchant for mixing 70s-style dub and funk-inspired electro. His sound has a uniquely spatial quality, with smooth reggaesque overtones in various time signature shifts. Working alongside drummers Jerome Tcherneyan (London) and Scott Donald (Scotland), the musical creation is an interesting fusion that’s simultaneously as exciting as it is mellow. And fortunately for fellow East Londoners, he’ll be showcasing his talent tonight at Brick Lane’s Café 1001, with Debruit and Charles II (check out this month’s listings).
For those who can’t make it, enjoy the live clip below of the EP’s title track, recorded in studio accompanied by Donald. EP out 31st March.
Sarah Badr © MMVIII