All proceeds from the sale of this single on Bandcamp will be donated to the British Red Cross London Fire Relief fund to help those in need affected by the fire at Grenfell Tower.
On the morning of 14 June 2017 a fire broke out in the 24-storey Grenfell Tower block in North Kensington. At least 72 people died as a result of the blaze, including two who escaped and died in hospital. The fire burned for about 60 hours.
Witnesses reported seeing people trapped inside the burning building, switching the lights in their flats on and off, or waving from windows to attract help, some holding children. Some saw others jumping out of the tower block, and four victims were later found to have died from injuries consistent with falling from a height. At least one person tied blankets or sheets together to make a rope and escape from the burning building.
Residents had expressed significant safety concerns before the fire. In 2013, the Grenfell Action Group (GAG) published a 2012 fire-risk assessment by a tenant management organisation health and safety officer: firefighting equipment at the tower had not been checked for up to four years, and on-site fire extinguishers had expired, some of which had "condemned" written on them because they were so old.
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Here are two hitherto unreleased tracks I composed a few years ago, soon after I got my hands on the life-changing music software known as Renoise, a modern-day tracker sequencer, which led me to flog my beloved Amiga 500 on eBay for the princely sum of about £20, grab a ThinkPad T520 and finally become one of those laptop musicians I used to point and laugh at.
These tunes are my finding out what makes Renoise tick and learning how much fun it is to make subtly shapeshifting plugin-driven music the likes of which my old Commodore would have Guru Meditationed at. I remember wanting to push myself out of my comfort zone with these two tracks, trying to make the sort of EP that might come out on a label like Hyperdub - or my parallel universe version of that anyway. The songs are more repetitive and moody than my habitual chirpy, melodic output, and I hope you find them diverting at least.
released June 14, 2018
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