streams new album ‘Sunshine’ via Bonafide Magazine
Released March 17th 2017
“It’s the soundtrack to joining a really great cult, that’s somewhere warm and pretty.” Tom Ravenscroft Recommends, BBC Radio 6Music
Albert’s Favourites are extremely proud to present ‘Sunshine’, a new album from Hector Plimmer.
We first approached Hector after watching a live performance of his at the legendary ‘Sounds of the Universe’ Record store in Soho. He stunned us with his attention to detail in his productions, and we were keen to talk further.
What we weren’t expecting was the full body of work that Hector sent over. Previously released work was mixed in with new unfinished ideas, and as we progressed we realized that there was already a good albums worth of material to work with. “It represents (in no particular order) my musical journey over the past 4 or so years, some of which may never have seen the light of day. All of the music in this album has come about as organically as possible, from tapping a light bulb I was changing to finding a sweet sounding Kalimba at Raw Material in Brixton and recording it on my phone (shout out to Miles laughing in the background of ‘Kalimba 2’).”
We whittled down the original folder to what we present to you today. ‘Sunshine’ is a well-rounded body of work that truly represents Hector’s influences and passions. From the frantic drum work of ‘Eastern System’ that we released back in December on 7” vinyl, to the ambient beauty of ‘Sunshine’, this album unfolds and morphs beautifully to capture the feeling of inner city dwelling. “The process also included finding out my next door neighbours Rob & Lu (Drahla) made amazing music & meeting Andrea (And Is Phi) at the Brainchild Festival Warm Up party in London last year.”
In the same way groups like Portishead and Leftfield captured a moment in time, Hectors work, although influenced by them, is also drenched in tribal rhythms and beautifully crafted bass. Melodies weave and shift to make way for glorious synths or vocal lines. Clearly influenced by beat makers like Flying Lotus and Theo Parrish, but with the subtleties of the classic Metalheadz era Drum and Bass, this album will definitely leave you wanting more.
Anyway, we’ve said enough. Dive in and enjoy.
You can catch Hector around London, playing records and playing live. He has a regular show on NTS Radio – ‘Is This Thing On? w/ Hector Plimmer’ and he also co-curates the ‘Sampled’ project with a crew of DJs, producers and musicians, and can be found playing at various venues in the capital.
“Very very good!’ – Gilles Peterson
About The Label
Albert’s Favourites is the creation of Adam Scrimshire (Scrimshire/Wah Wah 45s) and The Expansions’ Dave Koor and Jonny Drop.
Named after the mixtapes Scrimshire’s Grandad made for their summer holidays, it is a label, a writing and production house, a studio and, we hope, an idea of how artists and labels can thrive and grow together in this new musical landscape.
No doubt there is some sentimentality here, a love of our collective histories and “favourites”, but also a very keen desire to create something new and innovative both in music and business.
Albert’s Favourites is currently home to The Expansions, Scrimshire, Jonny Drop, Hector Plimmer, Deoke and Modified Man.
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