Today, Good Manners Records announce our first international signing – eclectic Scottish musician Makeness. Licenced from UK tastemakers Handsome Dad Records (Spring King, The Big Moon), his lead single ‘Rogue’ has been championed by the likes of the Fader, DIY Mag and Clash, while also receiving airplay on BBC Radio 1. The title track and first taste from Makeness’ debut EP, it’s bound to stamp this genre-bending talent on the map, and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to you.
Makeness can be mapped to the vast, open hills of Scotland, and a desolate ridge of the same name where producer and songwriter Kyle Molleson arrived after a less-trodden path. His childhood was spent moving between Edinburgh, The Outer Hebrides and South West England, before an interest in music and technology in part led to a degree in Electronics at Leeds University. Here, playing bass in Glad Hand led to numerous trips north of the border, where the band worked on an album in the hillside studio he helped build.
‘Rogue’ introduces a debut EP themed around the idea “of having two realities, and not being able to distinguish which one is real life.” It’s a selection caught between places and states, with the rhythmic, increasingly-urgent ‘Laca’ and ‘Langa’ finished following a move to London, and starkly contrasting with the wide open spaces of Makeness’ roots. Drawing on a passion for Afrobeat, New Wave, Folk Music and Detroit Techno – from a unique vantage point in the Scottish wilderness – Makeness’ debut EP contains four largely-instrumental songs, but all still vocal in their movement, openness and depth.
STREAM ‘ROGUE HERE
Out via Good Manners Records (AU/NZ) December 9th.
Praise for Makeness:
‘Featuring hypnotising vocals and warm beats, the first cut to be taken from his debut EP embodies a natural yet rhythmic feel that carries it to a satisfying crescendo.’
– DIY Mag
‘It’s a fascinating offering – moving from glitch electronics to a funky bass, the slight syncopations are reminiscent of a crofter’s reel filtered through tomorrow’s technology.’
– Clash Magazine
Makeness knows all about space – hence, the wide open feel of his brain-tickling debut single ‘Rogue,’ with its layered vocals and percussive twitches that gently unfurl like a slightly more minimal Jon Hopkins or a distorted Bon Iver.’
– The Fader
out now via Good Manners Records