#11 Melvin / DJ Akeera / Constrobuz
Wavy Graves // 1915-2027 15.10.11
Not everyone is satisfied with moody looking b+w press shots of artists posing in some post-industrial landscape looking searchingly just off camera, some prefer to fictionalise like MF Doom, some want to get all po-mo by obscuring identity with mythologised press releases and bios like Hype Williams. Although, we know who Daft Punk are, those retro-futuristic cyborg masks and ensuing movie made those ordinary looking white French dudes seem somewhat alluring.
The most absurd case of anonymity is probably HeWhoWillNotBeNamed from the Dwarves. After a few years of masks and pseudonyms, the band decided to issue a press release stating that the singer had been stabbed - they even attached a tribute to the “late” guitarist on their Sugarfix album. When it was eventually revealed that his death was bullshit, they got dropped by their label and HeWhoWillNotBeNamed had some rather confused parents to deal with. His return from the “dead” was greeted with as much enthusiasm as the return of Superman in 1993.
The three artists that feature heavily on this episode are anonymous for some very different reasons. Whether its due to a concerned effort to remain faceless, or because they’re not preoccupied with having their face plastered on their productions like Pimp Daddy... although, one of them just hasn’t got his press shots done yet.
Constrobuz is a beat maker who emerged in 2009, hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, he mainly favours an orchestral flavour on his tracks, most notably on Fecal Vomiting, he also takes on some sample moments from psychedelic pop and Philly soul. His latest record is available on tape via Cicada Shell and comes with the NB: “These works are not meant to be 12" club tracks.” Constrobuz sent over a selection of his own tracks, which emerge throughout the episode.
DJ Akeera is a producer based in Glasgow who has chosen to remain anonymous. This episode features a mix of juke, comprised mainly of his own productions. If Burial managed nearly two years of total anonymity, perhaps this could last for at least a couple of shows... he is making a mask afterall.
Melvin has an EP primed for release on Chicago label Ghettophiles, his take on the sound synonymous with that label with some UK polish take on. He has sent over some selections of his work, including a track he finished 24hrs before the episode was recorded... so it’s new.
Posted at 18:21, 15th October 2011