Shapes: Blue Vinyl LP

Shapes: Blue Vinyl LP

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Label: King Underground
Release Date: 14th October

Music can come at you petty fast and hard, it can sneak through from all corners and be easily missed, we found that with Robohands 2021 'Shapes'. A krautrock, library funk and cosmic electric jazz record, which we're playing double time in 2022 to make up for lost time. Don't miss out on this now essential vinyl reissue. 

For those who dig: Khruangbin, Floating Points, Yussef Kamaal, Joe Armon-Jones debut, 22a...

'Shapes,' was the third album from London-based multi-instrumentalist,
Robohands, fuses elements of jazz, krautrock, hip hop and ambient
music. For fans of Khruangbin, Yusef Dayes, CAN, Coltrane and 70s
library music moods.

Shapes is the solo project of London based composer, instrumentalist and
producer Andy Baxter. His debut LP Green was released on Village Live
Records in 2018 and was received with much love and acclaim in the UK Jazz,
hip hop and surrounding scenes.

His follow up full-length, 'Dusk', dropped in 2019, combining soul, funk, Latin
& experimental moods. It featured vocalists & musicians from around the
world including legendary New York French horn player, John Clark, who has
worked with Isaac Hayes, Gil Evans Orchestra, McCoy Tyner, Jaco Pastorius,
Ornette Coleman and many more greats.

'Shapes' is inspired by 1970s library music and their legendary composers
including Piero Umiliani, David Axelrod, Brian Bennett and co. The album builds
on these influences and incorporates modern motifs, contemporary jazz/hip hop
drumming styles with a nod to 1990s Mo Wax artists such as DJ Shadow. The
theme for the record is future/nostalgia, mixing vintage & modern instruments
and production techniques.

Much of 'Shapes' was recorded with JB Pilon at Buffalo Studios in Limehouse,
London. Due to the COVID restrictions that changed everything in 2020, the
remaining parts were recorded in Andy's flat using a collection of old mixing
desk preamps and instruments.

For the heads – 'Shapes' features an array of vintage snares, including a 1960's
Ludwig Pioneer and a mono, overhead ribbon mic on the drum kit provided
extra old school points! The kick drum was re-amped through a huge vintage bass
amplifier on a couple of tracks to give it some real character: "My favourite
guitar sound achieved on this LP project is a Sontronics Sigma ribbon microphone
in front of a WEM Dominator amp, which you can hear on the track 'Odysea'. The
bass sound for all the tracks is a 1973 Fender Precision into an old Altec valve
preamp, the one used on most Motown recordings."

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