Sleep – Medlar
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Sleep – Medlar

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Sleep – Medlar

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Sleep - Medlar

Wolf Music present Sleep the debut album from the mighty Medlar Following on from last years Terrell and Knockard Pearl Ned Medlar Pegler has readied a debut LP that compromises tracks of blissed out vibes moods grooves amp house musicA master of classic keyboard stabs and sultry vocal cuts the South Londonbased producer has received support and a remix from Bicep as well as Detroit SwindleUndoubtedly influenced by the early house styles of Chicago Detroit and New Jersey Medlars touch is a distinguished one X LP BLACK amp WHITE INK BLOT VINYL IN A GATEFOLD SLEEVE THE FIRST COPIES COME WITH AN EXCLUSIVE CD WHICH IS ONLY AVAILABLE WITH THIS VINYL RELEASE PDD Album of year here we get a insight track by track from the man himself essential readingWhen I decided to make an LP I thought a lot about the way music is structured not only records but individual songs live performances DJ sets and how they relate to each other At the time late I seemed to be playing a lot of one hour sets and I tended to start with quite a bit of energy and some fast mixing whilst gradually getting deeper and maybe play something weird towards the end which I felt worked as a condensed version of what I enjoy playing outSo I wanted it to start out more fun and samplebased hoping to leave the listener wanting more and gradually introduce more drawn out structures and get more emotional with a trippy bit somewhere along the waySome of the track divisions are somewhat arbitrary as I put the whole thing together in one project but it made sense to chop it up partly because of the visual accompaniment which Letty Fox has been working on for most of this year its basically a film which shes made in whats turned out to be a really similar way to the album searching through hours of footage and splicing it together in various layers Its in a similar vein to the video she made for Knockard Pearl Its exceeded all of my expectations and cant wait for people to see itIntroIn terms of setting for listening I intended the whole record to be something quite personal I quite like the idea of people treating it as a headphone album or to listen at home Not much to write about this one I think its entirely samples The telephone theme came about from two psychedelic rock records I bought on the same day that both featured ringing phones weird right I love the chaos that can come from combining samples from different times and placesLinesThis came together whilst playing with a and the walking bass sample and I pretty much finished it in the time a friend of mine was having a nap in the same room they woke up and it was done The LP is primarily samples recorded from records I bought around London mainly Rat Records in Camberwell and Reckless in Soho On occasions about weeks apart I spent a day recording vinyl and this track was built from the second session and was the last track I completed for the record I didnt think the beginning of the record was that dark but on reflection maybe it is theres definitely something uneasy about it It would be a good one to listen to when creeping around a closed office looking to steal some important filesthe EscapeHas its name due to the video Letty created for it which is now what I see when I hear it This was built from the first recording session and was the second track I finished for the album after track so I used them as bookends to work between when writing which helped figure out where to go from there I intended it to be the opening track but decided to shunt it back a little In the same way as track its made from jazz and psyche rock samples and takes a lot of inspiration from the energy of grungepost rock I used to love getting lost in slightly chaotic heavy music on headphones so in that way I like to imagine it could be a good track for a commute Ive heard it a lot of times now so find it hard to be objective about it hopefully it worksThis is two tracks stuck together The first half is very much influenced by the main sample thats used probably the most wellknown sample on the record It has been sampled and remixed a lot and very well and I didnt want to compete so I made it super rough changed the timing a little and recorded some live synths over the top I approached the record in a very different way to writing dance music and found it all really refreshing and ideas would come very quickly Im happy with this one as it could be technically described as house but Im not sure what Id call it The second half conjures up imagery of moving very quickly over land or water for some reason Get it on the ipod for those lonely hovercraft journeysTidesThis is supposed to be the point at which the hectic introduction section of the record dies away and it gets a little more serious and drawn out Id wanted to make a track with the drum sample from a late s disco track for a while and it seemed would work with the piano sample which I lifted from a record of ss US police TV drama soundtracks not going to say which one I can definitely picture playing this one out in sets unlike most of the record but I think would work better outdoors than in a club If I play an outdoor set that fits the bill next summer Ill be sure to try it out sunset would be perfect As with about half of the track names I named them after seeing Lettys work Naming the tracks was the hardest bit so cheers LettyTap SpringA drifty thing built out of a sample of s girl group Lettys video features trees passing overhead with sunlight leaking through which I wouldnt have thought of myself but now seems the obvious visual representation and I couldnt imagine anything else I think I put the word spring in there subconsciously tap spring was the name of the project on my computer and I dont remember how it came to mind I think this one might compliment some springtime al fresco dining whilst surrounded by frolicking lambs and newborn chicks Some light greensyellowsListenThis came about purely from being presented with certain records then going home and recording bits of them If I had gone to different record shops on that day then this track would be something entirely different I love the whole culture of sampling and its something I find easy to romanticise The last third of the track I completed several months before and knew I wanted it somewhere between two thirds and three quarters of the way inIf imagining the structure of this whole record as a macrocosm of the structure of a song then this would be the freaky middle eightBlues Initially I intended to incorporate a lot more blues and gospel into the record This just came together after finding some beautiful piano chords and crudely wacking a blues tune over the top of it and moving it around a little Theres not much blues influenced dance music but I think with the right samples it could be great I must make a bar house track This is the only track apart from Tides that Ive played out and I surprised myself how well it works its nice coming out of some techno into that pianoNov DubIts the only track on the record which isnt primarily samples I think theres one disco break in there Most of it is a juno through a tape delay Delia Derbyshire also features near the end whos definitely one of my alltime favourite artists Written last November on what must have been a pretty grey drizzly evening by the sounds of it so this is definitely a winter trackPerfect on the headphones whilst browsing a seasonal German Christmas marketBe ThereI decided to try and make an LP after I finished this track It didnt seem right for a quot and seemed it would make more sense as part of something bigger Its pretty raw and works off of a few samples that I think work with each other quite nicely I think as a child I experienced some synesthesia I remember visualising numbers and letters as certain colours but Ive never seemed to really have it for music But this track is definitely blue in my mind I guess wanted the album to be almost a gradient of redorange at the beginning and ending purply blue a bit more synthetic and crystalline Its going to be strange seeing the record released as Ive lived with it for a while now but I hope it makes sense to people br

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