Exit Records will release the debut full-length from Joe Seven this week.

Joe Seven, aka Joseph Smaje, is one of the less prominent names on the Exit roster. His only previous outings on dBridge’s vital drum & bass imprint, a pair of left-leaning two-trackers, arrived back in 2011. That same year, Joe Seven also collaborated on an album with Consequence under the name They Live.

The producer resurfaced only a few weeks ago as part of the newly-formed Binary Collective—a collaborative project from Joe, dBridge, Consequence and Kid Drama (aka Jon Convex). He’s now announced his debut full-length, Near / Far. According to Exit, the album upholds “solitary, tense disposition we’ve come to expect from his work.” Near / Far first arrived on cassette as part of an art project with prints by Daisy Cooper. Exit Records has now prepared the album for a full release.

Near / Far is a collection of tracks that were written over the course of a few
years,” Smaje told RA over email. “One was amongst the first folder of tracks I sent to dBridge, which led to my being signed to Exit Records and eventually led to being asked to write another album for him. Others were written specifically for the project. I’m not sure if i would say they are all complete—some are closer than others. But when i listen back to it all as a whole they somehow make sense to me as they are. Luckily, dBridge thought so too.”

Joe Seven’s Near / Far will be released via Exit on October 23. Stream album cut ‘Vertica’ below. [via RA]



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