Shrouding himself in a little bit of intentional mystery, Tectonic boss Pinch announced recently that he was starting a new label venture away from those he’s already established; a list that includes Tectonic, ‘Earwax and Subtext. As of today there’s still very minimal information out there on the vinyl only Cold Recordings, so it’s a bit of a touch to actually be able to help present the news that the first release will come courtesy of the Cardiff based producer, Elmono.
The eagle eyed internet train spotters out there will have no doubt already spotted the name at the foot of the lineup for the Tectonic party which we’re hosting in Room Two this Friday, but there’s a little bit more to Elmono than just his warm up DJ listing. As a producer he’s seemingly honed his sound on the axis where dubstep and house crossover – an intersection that Pinch has deftly explored previously on his ‘Croydon House’ 12” for Loefah’s Swamp81 label. As a result Elmono’s productions fuse the direct charm of 4x4 music with the bassweight and presence of mind of dubstep and, as he demonstrates in this mixtape, like a lot of his localized peers (Chesus, Organ Grinder, Bohdi) he’s applying a very informed approach to production in the music he’s making.
Whilst we’re not actually able to confirm which tracks will be on the debut Cold Recordings 12”, if the level of mood and the direction presented in this mix is anything to go on, Elmono and Pinch’s relationship will be one to follow closely over the forthcoming months.
Can you outline the sound of your music as Elmono? Where do you think it sits in the current landscape?
Kind of on the housier side of that UK bass sound at the moment, that could all change though. I like to draw inspiration from all different styles of music, house music, garage, hip hop, dub, electronica… all the good stuff.
You’ve signed to Pinch’s brand new Cold Recordings label. How does it feel to be launching a new venture by someone as established as Rob is?
I'm really excited about it. He's keeping his plans for the label close to his chest at the moment as I'm sure you're aware, it's a bit of a mystery but that makes it all the more exciting. I have a lot of faith in him and I'm just incredibly happy that someone I have so much musical admiration for is enjoying what I've been making, everything else is a bonus.
What else have you been working on recently?
I've been messing around with a lot of new bits lately whilst waiting for all this Cold Recordings business to drop. Trying to get deeper and deeper into my sound and learn as much as I can as I go along, each track is its own journey really so I try to treat them like that. I've sent Rob a bunch of tracks I made recently so I'm just letting him marinade on those for a while and see what happens.
What can we expect from the mixtape you’ve made? I hear that’s a high percentage of your own music on it?
Yeah there's a lot of my own music on it, a bit tacky I know but I want the first mix people are going to hear to be fresh to the ears, not just a lot of tracks people have heard already. There are a few tracks on there which are due to be released on the new label, some that may be released in the future, some that I was just messing around with and will probably never finish. There are also a lot of tracks on there by some of my local compadres who are all really blowing up at the moment.