MUSIC: BLACK ACRE RECORDS (SUPERSUPER! VOL 2 #003)

Founded by Ian Merchant in 2007, Black Acre Records is a label with some #SRS tree-dentials, championing some of the most exciting acts on the UK music scene right now – signings like Fantastic Mr Fox, Blue Daisy and Hyetal are leafing genre traps behind to branch out into new, unexplored styles of sound. It’s music to our ears…

 

SS: What makes Black Acre different from other labels?

IM: I wanted to make a GENUINELY artist-centred label/gang hut/orphanage, where like-minded lost souls congregate to create stuff. Commercial interests come second to the music.

SS: What kind of qualities do you look for when signing acts?

IM: Bravery, risk-taking, and an indescribable danger in their music.

SS: On Black Acre’s Facebook page it says, ‘Genre? There is no genre’. A lot of labels are rejecting genre specifications right now – why is this?

IM: We’re in an age of deconstruction. Genres were created to make selling music easier – the way we experience music now, through the Internet, means they’re becoming less relevant.

SS: What’s coming up for Black Acre in 2012?

IM: Hyetal’s second album, Blue Daisy’s incredible literary beat project, and a Fantastic Mr Fox EP – it WILL be a game-changer!

soundcloud.com/black-acre-records

 

FANTASTIC MR FOX

Manchester-based producer Fantastic Mr Fox (Stephen Gomberg) is known for his unusual, bass-tastic combinations of sound – and is a favourite of artists like Sinden and Bjork. 

 

SS: You’ve been working with Jamie XX recently, right?

SG: We’ve collaborated on a couple of tracks, but I’m concentrating on finishing my next EP at the moment.

SS: What’s the best thing about dance music right now?

SG: The continued blurring of lines between genres.

SS: What does Black Acre offer listeners that other labels don’t?

SG: Black Acre takes risks with non-dance floor orientated releases – they represent the excitement that comes with the speed at which electronic music is developing.

soundcloud.com/fantasticmrfox

 

MEMOTONE

Memotone (William Yates) is a multi-instrumentalist/ producer who experiments with a staggering scope of influences, textures and styles in his music.

SS: What projects have you got coming up for 2012?

WY: My album. Expect something a little different!

SS: On your website, you say that your music expresses your ‘current focus on nostalgia, memory and ghosts’ – tell us more.

WY: I think of memory like a ghost. I’ve always been fascinated by sounds I recognise from long ago. It’s important to have something people can relate to, like a beat. Once you have their attention, you can lead them into unfamiliar places…

SS: What makes Black Acre stand out from other labels?

WTY: The diverse and forward-thinking sound – great artists have been given room to express themselves.

soundcloud.com/memotone 

 

HYETAL

Bristol’s own Hyetal (David Corney) is a master at creating layered, hugely atmospheric soundscapes – keep a lookout for his second album next year.

SS: You dropped your debut album Broadcast this May – what’s next?

DC: My next release for Black Acre. Sonically, it’s sounding pretty different to Broadcast – tighter spaces, and more raw and analogue.

SS: What are your live sets like?

DC: Exploring a range of different moods and atmosphere is important – the sets are different every time.

SS: What’s your opinion of electronic music right now?

DC: There’s some great electronic music being made that’s very difficult to classify. It’s a good time to be pushing new sounds.

SS: What’s the best thing about being signed to Black Acre?

DC: Black Acre has a really strong roster of artists. We’re all very difficult to pigeonhole.

http://soundcloud.com/hyetal 

 

BLUE DAISY

Fresh from the release of his debut LP, The Sunday Gift, North London’s Blue Daisy (aka Kwes Darko) makes music with an eerie, reverb-heavy edge.

SS: You’ve been dropping hints about a dirrrrty new project – ‘Brain Activity (The Digital Conspiracy)’…

KD: You’ve got to wait for the end product – but, if by 2013, you see me deemed ‘The Demon Headmaster’ of my generation, just say I warned you…

SS: What’s it like being signed to Black Acre?

KD: It’s my home – a camp that understands the true meaning of art. You could be the next American Idol, but if you approach Ian with a record he doesn’t like, he ain’t signing it.

soundcloud.com/bluedaisy

 

Interviews: Charlotte McManus

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About Charlotte McManus

Editor for LOGO.ec and Trendstop.com Freelance writer - The Creator's Project, SUPERSUPER!, Don't Panic, FAULT, Flux, Who's Jack & more.

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