Brighton, UK. The DIY-entrepreneur, artist and label operator Turner Newmeir has taken matters into his own capable hands with his imprint Cella Records. Throughout the last few years his music was ratified and supported by some of the scene's most vital figures, including veterans such as Mala, DJ Hatcha and Joe Nice. Initially starting out with digital compilations of his most sought-after tracks in 2014, 'CELLA001' - his label's first vinyl release followed soon after. Followed up by a grand collaboration with vocalist Ill Chill on the second record, we're now being presented with 'CELLA003' - a three-track masterpiece from Turner himself.
Turning up the volume, 'Section' introduces a tightly woven and minimal instrumentation - embedded in surging low frequency emissions. Akin to the old-school sounds of Dubstep and closely aligned with electronic sound system culture - no surprise this one's been played by Mala & Truth more than once. Switching up the pace after Rastafari vocals light up the fire anew, we're met with jittery kicks and hi-hats adding to the intensity of it all.
A love child of organic roots and digital present, 'Forever' is driven forward by emotive string plucks, augmented through clean drums and a natural-sounding clap ostinato - adding a lurker of a bass line underneath. The towering arrangement reaches its zenith only to be stripped down again, re-surfacing in a minimal fashion - hauntingly beautiful vocal echo included. Paying respect where it's due, teachings of the late Spaceape reverberate through the marvellous soundscape.
Lighting the fuse on 'Funk', a break-infused groove steps forth without hesitation. As the conjured tension reaches towering heights, the arrangement explodes into fierce and energetic mid-bass excursions playing catch with superb, lively drums. Rhodes-esque piano stabs join the sonic party, smoothly concluding this inventive and original record.