#63 - South London Ordnance
Joining the dots between driving dub techno, percussive house, classic acid and leftfield electronica, South London Ordnance has spent the last few years developing a unique voice as both a DJ and a producer.
2014 has seen the young artist settling into his stride, whether on the larger international stages or playing smaller, more boutique events. A regular at Richie Hawtin's ENTER. party, SLO joined a handful of the biggest names in dance music this year, to play both in Ibiza over the Summer and in January at the BPM festival. An excellently received podcast for Resident Advisor hinted at an ability to fuse powerful ambient pieces and warped experimental house, alongside deep techno cuts - eschewing en vogue grayscale linearity in favour of rich texture and groove.
The ‘Contact EP’, released via Scuba's Hotflush Recordings as a follow up to 2013's ‘Revolver’, received widespread support across the board from Surgeon to Maya Jane Coles, DJ Deep to Adam Beyer. The producer's own label, Aery Metals, remains a home to the artist's deeper productions, but also saw the first external artist welcomed into the fold in the shape of Brooklyn based techno producer, Max McFerren.
A summer touring the US and Europe, as well as playing festivals including Bestival and Freerotation, leaves the young artist in fine form for the autumn, where a busy touring schedule continues including a debut show at The Warehouse Project in Manchester before a return to BPM Festival in January, with his NYE appearance in Maastricht nicely nestled between the two.
Releases next year look set to include a new SLO EP proper on Aery Metals, as well as a return to Hotflush Recordings.
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Q&A with South London Ordnance
1. Was the track selection of your mix a fairly easy process?
Yeh relatively - it’s quite a short, upfront mix of stuff I’ve been playing at the moment. I find recording studio mixes quite difficult if I’m honest - it’s hard to capture the energy one tries to communicate when you’re playing out, and stuff that falls a bit flat in headphones can often sound really cool in a club, so I suppose I had to compromise a bit here on that basis, but I’m happy it’s a relatively good indicator of what I play out.
2. Your mix features a forthcoming SLO track in the shape of ‘Cold Harbour’. How do you feel about your tracks, before and after release?
Some I like, some I never want to see again to be honest! You can’t wipe anything from your discography though, so I guess you have to learn to love them all in one way or another. They’re all indicative of where I was creatively at that point so it’s cool to look back and see how you’ve come on creatively, and from an engineering point of view. Having said that, when I hear the production and ideas I sometimes wince a bit… I think everyone does.
3. Brixton and South London have been predominantly in your life. Apart from house prices, how do you feel the area has changed in the last 25 years?
London’s always in a state of flux - it changes the whole time. At one point the artists lived here, now they live here etc and so forth. When I tell friends of mine who’ve just moved here that a particularly beige, bourgeois area used to be right on the cutting edge of art and fashion, they can’t really believe it. But that’s just how it is. The South was once simply regarded as overspill from the City of London, but now due to stuff like the Congestion Charge etc, a lot of big business have come down here, it’s become very middle class. When my parents moved into Lambeth 20 years ago it was a shithole, now you can get trendy coffee everywhere. But as I say, that’s just how it works.
4. Does having lived south of the river give you a different perspective on London as opposed to the north? Or is that just a myth?
Sure - it’s quite obvious if you live here how different each part of the City is, and how people vary from the North to East, South and West. I don’t know if I could move out of South to be honest - it’s home. I’d find it easier moving to a different country HA!
5. You’ve worked with some well respected labels over the last few years including TEAL, Well Rounded and Hotflush. How did you come into contact with them?
I was buying their records, and when I got into actually making music I hit them up with some demos on Soundcloud and took it from there.
6. Is your own label, Aery Metals, your current prime focus?
Kind of - though I don’t really have any particular prime focus. When you’re working for yourself at this level you kind of have to focus on everything at the same time, so I’m writing for Aery Metals, but I’m also writing for Hotflush and doing a lot of collaborative stuff for other projects; I’m also trying to find and buy as much new music for my DJ sets and then obviously A&Ring the label etc. It’s all go really!
7. Any production plans for 2015?
Yeh absolutely! Loads of stuff to release at the moment. Fingers crossed I can get it out before I hate it all.
8. Name the two most precious records in your collection, in terms of both sentimental and financial value.
Mmm… I mean the first that comes to mind are probably DJ Spooky Polyphony of One simply because it was one of the first records I ever bought when I was a kid. Then maybe something off the D Bridge album… I can’t remember the name of it but it’s on white vinyl. It just reminds me of some really fun times in my life.
9. You are playing the fest. & EPM party in Maastricht this New Year’s Eve. What will your New Year’s Resolution be?
To get in shape! Sitting hunched over in a dark room all day every day has taken its toll a bit recently.
10. What would you do on your perfect London day?
If I’m feeling fresh I just like to be up early and out and about, maybe get up to an exhibition, grab some records, get some decent stuff recorded in the studio. Weather wise it was perfect today - chilly but blazing sunshine…unfortunately I felt so rough from travel over the weekend I didn’t get a chance to enjoy it, but there you go…
FEST. & EPM NYE 2014 LINK
EPM Podcast 63 – SOUTH LONDON ORDNANCE tracklist
SOMNE - Millenium (Alt Mix)
House of Black Lanterns - The Smack (Mosca RMX)
Kowton - Bits & Pieces
No Boundaries - Modular Pursuits (Daphni RMX)
Carls Davis - Sketches pt. 3
Andy Vax - Minimal Acid
Martyn - Memory Hole
SLO - Cold Harbour
Levon Vincent - Deeper
Gemini - A Moment of Insanity
Mike Dehnert - LAX
Conrad Schnitzler - 0034600380 (Bruno Pronsato Mix)