Bristol trio Livity Sound will have their work so far compiled on a self-titled album.
Formed in 2010 by Peverelist, Kowton and Asusu, Livity Sound have released six white label singles to date, with Peverelist and Kowton also dropping the storming ‘Raw Code’ single on Hessle Audio earlier this year. Livity Sound compiles all of this material, plus four new tracks set for release across two Livity Sound 12″s this year. It marks the first time that the Livity Sound material – ‘Raw Code’ aside – has been available digitally.
It’s actually worth reading the press release (how often do you hear those words?) for Livity Sound, as it shed some light on the origins of the project, and where it stands in relation to dubstep:
The seeds of Livity Sound were planted in 2009 and 2010 as the dubstep community, both in Bristol and further afield, began to splinter. Ford had been an active member of the scene in Bristol for several years, running the Punch Drunk label and making his own music. Drawing from his own inspirations of jungle, dub and techno, his 12″ releases and Jarvik Mindstate album radically reimagined dubstep’s sparse rhythmic template as intensely psychoactive, rolling grooves.
But as the mainstream side of the genre evolved into big-room rave music and pulled away from its sound system origins, Ford began to actively explore new territory, working at slower tempos while keeping the essence of his approach intact. Livity Sound emerged from the desire to define this newer music as its own independent entity: a raw and exploratory strain of UK techno, rooted in dub methods and sound system culture.
At the same time, Ford started sharing ideas and collaborating in the studio with Cowton, who over the preceding few years had released striking, sub-heavy house tracks via labels such as Idle Hands and [nakedlunch]. These early sessions birthed the first Livity Sound 12″, which contained two versions of the stark and sci-fi tinged ‘Beneath Radar’. Stennett, who had recently moved to Bristol, contributed the second Livity Sound 12″, ‘Sister’. Recognising that they shared a common vision, the trio assembled a live hardware set-up, which uses improvisation and dub effects to meld their music together into a thrillingly raw, unbroken whole. Their first live performance took place in a basement in Bristol in early 2012, and they have since played regularly at clubs and festivals throughout Europe.
Livity Sound will be released on October 21. Stream Kowton’s ‘Jam01’ below.