The United Kingdom and tea, a love story since more than 400 years. For centuries, tea was the figurehead of British high culture, internalised nowadays by society throughout all classes. An emblem for the UK like the Union Jack or the Bobbies with their custodian helmets, it comes as no surprise that Mr Tea is an Englishman, a chap from Liverpool, living the American dream. He left the United Kingdom a few years ago and has found his new home in the golden state of California, more precisely in the creative melting pot of San Francisco. However, Mr. Tea is no young leaf in the boiling water of the music industry. Like a well aged Pu-erh he has years of experience, having defined his style and skills over more than two decades. Together with his former production partner, he had a collaboration with the legendary Andrew Weatherall and Jagz Cooner of Sabres of Paradise in the 90ies, as well as an EP on Leftfield's Hard Hands imprint. In 2012, after a few years of having had no release, Mr. Tea started the second infusion of his music career and released some EPs and tracks on labels like Engrave Ltd, Discotexas, Paper Recordings and Crossfrontier Audio as well as a self-released album called "Bitchbiker's Ride To the Galaxy".
Last year, he sent us a demo and it was one of the best we had received in a long time. After we contacted him, it turned out that Mr Tea had been quite busy, sitting on a huge pile of unreleased music. His music is a journey through UK-related styles of the past 20 years or more. It brushes breakbeats, electro, IDM, acid, house and techno…nothing in particular, as the genres are always crossing, but always with a clear UK stamp on it. We worked ourselves through his playlists, only to realize after a while, that releasing an EP or even a single can never display Mr.Tea's diverse style. This is why we have decided to present this talent on a bigger format, an album, this album. The idea of "Make Yourself At Home" was thus born and developed over the past months.