North London producer Joe remains Hessle Audio’s most formidable secret weapon.
Joe’s discography is about as curt as his name. His first release, 2009’s rattlesnake riddim ‘Grimelight’, found a profitable midpoint between Shackleton and Sly & Lenky. 2010’s tumescent ‘Untitled’/’Digest’ split (on Apple Pips), continued to build buzz, and the ingenious ‘Claptrap’ somehow managed the trick of sounding simultaneously forensic and silly.
Joe’s most recent transmission – the slinky ‘Twice’ – emerged on last year’s Hesslespective 116 & Rising, so it’s a pleasure to hear new music from the cagey producer. ‘Studio Power’ is plucked from Seth Troxler and Jamie Jones’ recent Essential Mix for Radio 1, and it’s easily Joe’s busiest, maddest release to date. It’s a squirming affair, full of industrial clutter and deconstructed found sound – acid concrete, perhaps. It’s not without precedent – Ken Ishii’s ‘Garden On The Palm’ springs to mind – but it’s still a welcome surprise from a singular producer. There’s no release date as yet – watch this space.