Metz vinylnaught Pykup kicked off this Cambrian adventure with two of the most beautiful Anti-House House music tracks I have ever heard, ‘Nature’ and ‘Hows Wally’ displayed how powerful House Music can be without its most prominent friend ‘the kick drum’. Pykup works with miniscule sampled elements creating some of the most forward thinking dance music I think I’ve ever heard.
Low Line Relay creates some of the warmest Jazz infused midtempo House Music you are likely to find. With a good dollop of precision noodling on various Bass guitars and synthesizers his sound exists in a world where organic Rhodes and bass lines collide with noise, crackles and jagged analogue synth parts and sampled cuts of times gone by; One foot in the past, the other firmly in the future.
Zadarian Deep House merchant and all round good egg Darko Kustura makes no bones about putting out precision cut slabs of dance floor joy. Not afraid of the abject campness of good ol’ House, Darko’s music is peppered with Jazz melodies, Square wave bass, clattering metallic snares and some of the lushest pads in the cosmos.
I shaln’t bother to write in the third person, it would be weird. I own and run Cambrian Line. I am a drummer among other things and am mainly interested in making music which reflects my love of Dub, Afrobeat, Soundtracks and Electronic Music. I enjoy monikers a little too much and prefer to release music sporadically.
Tobias is a gem, absolutely lovely down to earth chap with a wealth of talent ideas but the humility to just crack on with it without too much trumpet. If you like your house rugged jazz and funk addled with plenty of musicality ‘Things’ will blow your socks right off!
As I left Borth for the last time in 1999 I took the Cambrian Line to Shrewsbury; my all-time favourite train journey which weaves its ways through some of the most beautiful landscape known to man. I had in my possession most of my worldly belongings (which wasn’t much at the time) and my CD and vinyl collection (which was everything).
I was 18 years old and making a confusing transition from metro-sexual Indie kid complete with floppy fringe and hipsters to a whistle wielding amateur raver. Albums of note at the time included Fila Brazillia – Old Codes & New Chaos, Orbital – In-Sides, Radiohead – Ok Computer, Super Furry Animals – Radiator and some amazing Dreamscape Jungle Tape-Packs and anything by Ride or the Stone Roses.
Partly due to my naivety and partly due to the instrumentation and sampling skill of the music I was listening to, I could not differentiate between the bands and the dance producers. In short I thought they were all proper bands with guitars and drummers.
Music is made of memories and Cambrian Line is all about fusing those early memories of Jazz, Dub and Disco inspired melodies and instrumentation with groove and space; sometimes moody sometimes joyous but always imagining once more what its like to accept the music as it comes with pigeonholing the shit out of it.
Cambrian Line is a very personal effort, I can’t promise you will always like it, but it will always be what a label truly should be, honest and heartfelt and in love with its output and hopefully representative of a community of artists coming together to create a sound that is distinctly theirs .. Its worth a go anyway
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