"Mr Mitch may bristle at the notion of being labeled a "grime composer," but what his best subsequent works and collaborations have invoked are an urban romanticism expressed in a new type of electronic classical music."
~ (NPR; http://www.npr.org/2017/04/13/523606071/first-listen-mr-mitch-devout)
6.2 ~ $10
duchess & dilettante (OBTUSE) ››› 10:30pm
Oreo Jones ››› 11:15pm
Mr Mitch ››› 12:00am
***This show will also include a television/light installation as provided by the hakk.haus***
As the founder of fast rising record label Gobstopper Records and co-founder of club-night, now also record label Boxed, he’s a curator and auteur at the forefront of forward thinking instrumental grime, ambient and experimental electronic music.
He’s currently signed to Planet Mu as a solo artist about to release his new album 'Devout' on the follow up to his critically acclaimed debut LP ‘Parallel Memories’. As a producer/co-writer he has worked with grime stalwarts Skepta, P-Money and more recently with r&b/electronic star Katy B. He is fast becoming a go-to producer/writer outside of the instrumental grime sphere.
Mr. Mitch is steadily, but forcefully pushing the boundaries of electronic music and pop culture in a way only he does, releasing his second album on Planet Mu in April 2017. It’s about love, loyalty, family and the start and end of relationships, with an overarching theme about becoming a father, all delivered with warmth and emotion. Miles even sings and so does his eldest son Milo on one track. About the theme he says, “we all know the stereotype of the black dad with multiple children from multiple partners who is absent from the child’s life, we see it consistently in popular culture. I want to champion the alternative, which to me is just normal.”
As well as being a producer Miles is the co-founder of the Boxed nights, which have been a tight incubator of a music scene dedicated in the main to re-thinking and expanding what grime means, especially instrumental grime. Mitch has always taken it further than most in a unique direction, defining his music led by his own personality rather than deferring to a scene consensus. An early example was his development of ‘peace edits’ in response to the aggressive ‘war dubs’ craze amongst other grime producers, around the time of his first album.
Production-wise Mr. Mitch has always been a minimalist at heart, pushing detailed sound and melody around in space, but on Devout everything is more ambitious, emotive and polished, taking his music in an epic and well defined pop direction, albeit from a sideways angle, re-imagining what an album by an underground producer can be.
Devout’s cast of male and female allies, MC’s and singers each deliver songs that cast perspective around the album’s theme. Mr. Mitch sets the scene with the graceful honesty of the piano led intro, then P Money drops a heartfelt and emotional lyric about the charge of love and responsibility experienced on becoming a dad. Denai Moore’s song ‘Fate’ is open about being sceptical in allowing yourself to fall for someone at the start of a relationship, while Palmistry’s track ‘VPN’ explores his feelings after separation. The warm centre of ‘Devout’ is ‘My Life’s heart-tugging Sakamoto-like melody and bent keys, with Miles gently intoning “It’s yours” and final song ‘Oscar’ tells a newborn his brother will be an elder brother. Devout is a beautiful, grown-up pop record with its foundation in grime.
Oreo Jones is that pair of Air Jordans too scuffed up to wear in public, but you do it anyway because they still feel right. Hailing from Indianapolis, Jones' footprints are all over Midwest hip-hop. And in a sea of bleak imitation and style, Jones is a beautiful yacht confidently gliding to his destination, telling stories that demand ears.
DUCHESS // DILETTANTE
OBTUSE DJs/founders duchess and dilettante set to open up the night. grime/off-beat club
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