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b. Andrew Brooks, 1982, Derby, Derbyshire, Britain. Producer Brooks’ preliminary tests in music producing apparently involved producing tapes ‘with Barbra Streisand lower over random strange stuff’. Not surprisingly inauspicious begin, Brooks had not been discouraged and released his 1st track, ‘Electric powered Dance Machine’, for the DiY Discs compilation, 2922 Times, at age 16. Sketching on disco, micro-house and R&B and juxtaposing fresh wave’s shiny groove having a dextrous disco twirl, Brooks’ 2002 debut You, Me & Us had not been a typical home album. The name track, created and performed with regular Matthew Herbert collaborator Dani Siciliano, primarily sounded as though it had been an affectionate and caring paean but in fact ended up being about obsession and self-mutilation. ‘Dripping In Yellow metal’ combined cynical and absurdist lyrics having a really funky disco jam. Curiously, the recording ebbed to some close having a unusual trio of paths that combined bass clarinet, flute, flügelhorn and ‘atmosphere pipes’ with Brooks’ twisted beats. Like Herbert (to whom he’s regularly compared and not simply due to his use Siciliano), Brooks creates home music with an excellent inventiveness, a droll playfulness, along with a slinky feeling of pleasure. Lyrics such as for example ‘Jesus desires me to get a sunbeam/The ninjas desire me on the crack group/All this before I’m seventeen/Fingertips crossed it’s all a negative fantasy’ (‘Dripping In Yellow metal’) and ‘This time of year’s new dark is equivalent to the rest of the titles’ (‘Color Me Poor’) are designed to eschew home music’s typical pre-occupations with medicines and/or spirituality. Rather, Brooks cites the impact of Brian Eno’s poetic single recordings on his function, as well as the function of kindred nature Herbert. It had been hardly unexpected that Brooks following move was to indication a recording agreement with Herbert’s Accidental Information label. The very first fruits from the agreement had been the 2004 solitary ‘Perform The Mathematics’, that was backed by way of a unusual cover edition of PJ Harvey’s ‘Mansize’, as well as the attendant long-player Crimson Tape. Brooks provides notably remixed Individual Group, Mint Royale, Clyde and Martini Bros.

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