Since Plastician's blistering Wavepool 2 compilation last year, many have been wondering how long the wait would be for some brand new music from the man himself.
Fast forward almost a year, and he's ready to drop 7 brand new tracks on Terrorhythm, in what is his biggest solo release of new music on the label since his critically acclaimed debut album "Beg To Differ" in 2007.
"I wanted to pick up where Beg To Differ left off", Chris Reed tells. Across 7 tracks, his Grime & Dubstep roots are still audible, with a healthy influx of Wave influenced numbers to boot, this really does feel like a view into the mind of Plastician some 11 years on from Beg To Differ, minus the now legendary shellings of Skepta & co.
Whilst the Grime vocals are noticeably missing from this outing, Reed explains this was out of choice this time: "I'm sat on 4 or 5 vocal tracks as well as a couple of straight up Grime instrumentals. I've toyed with the idea of adding them for months on end, but the energy was just not quite correct next to the bits I've stuck on".
Plastician tells us the Grime bits are to be held for their own release in the near future following "Overdue", an E.P. named due to the lateness of the release, as well as an ode to his two children who were born beyond full-term pregnacy.
"All good things are worth waiting for"
"An ode to my Wife & Kids for putting up with me and my love hate relationship with music"
Overdue drops on August 20th, the week of his son's 4th Birthday, and 11 years on from the release of "Beg To Differ"
It took me about 3 listens before I think I "got" the appeal of wave music. Eventually I started to appreciate the dark atmosphere, minor keys, and piercing beats. I liken the whole experience to being underwater while the world above you thrives in chaos; under the surface, everything seems softer, muted, and ominous, but that doesn't mean you want to go up just yet. Erik Lutsch