Two PRAH Recordings artists face off for forthcoming split EP.
Brooklyn producer Bryce Hackford delivered a smouldering, slow-burn hit last year with Fair, released at the tail-end of 2013 on new experimental label PRAH Recordings. The album kicks off with the nine-minute groove ‘Another Fantasy’, described by Joe Muggs in his FACT review as “one house loop full of industrial fuzz” that’s “basically Theo Parrish meets Einsturzende Neubauten”.
With that in mind, the idea of a cello version of ‘Another Fantasy’ might seem a little bizarre. And it is, actually – but that’s exactly what happened when fellow PRAH artist and experimental cellist Oliver Coates teamed up with Hackford for a split EP.
Coates’ rework sees him pulling all manner of gnarled and ragged sounds from his cello, looping and multi-tracking them into a chugging, almost-dancefloor-ready track that for once might actually merit the term ‘outsider house’. Listen below and hear Hackford’s original corker underneath.
The Oliver Coates vs Bryce Hackford EP is out on August 18, featuring Coates’ cover plus Hackford’s remixes of ‘Another Day’ and ‘The Clouds Flew Round With The Clouds’, taken from the cellist’s 2013 debut Towards the blessed islands. Pre-order it now from PRAH Recordings if you like, and check out his forthcoming tour dates below.
FACT’s Chal Ravens spoke to Hackford in December last year about his PRAH debut, the need for improvisation and his hatred of MIDI.
21 Aug – London, Rough Trade East (PRAH Recordings event)
02 Sep – London Cafe Oto, Kammer Klang
28 Sep – New York, Tin Roof
29 Sep – New York, Le Poisson Rouge
04 Oct – Milton Keynes, MK Art Gallery
11 Oct – London, Union Chapel, Daylight Music with Liam Byrne and Jamie McVinnie
18 Oct – Liverpool, Liverpool University
13 Nov-23 Dec – Hong Kong tour and residency
09 Jan – London, Kings Place, Patterns in a Chromatic Field by Morton Feldman