- Release Date 2013-11-18
- Label Ground Level Records
- Catalog GL074
From cutting his teeth with breakbeat to honing his craft of production and sound manipulation, he's gained support from the likes of Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts and had his music played by BBC Radio 1 DJs: Annie Nightingale and Zane Lowe.
With Goodbye Gravity Rebel Sketchy breaks free of the constraints of the breakbeat sound, taps into his classical training and challenges his skills as a producer and musician. In doing so he has made an album in the truest sense; telling a story with sound and pushing himself to create something greater than the sum of its parts, or as he puts it himself "a proper record, like the dance-music albums I grew up listening to, not just a collection of DJ singles."
Partly inspired by the dancefloor and 8 years of producing and DJing but also by his love of film music and cinematography, Goodbye Gravity is an impressive piece of work.
The album opens with the cinematic strings and piano of Eclipse starting off beatless before dropping into a low-slung tech-house groove. Second track Grinspiller has a nod to the classic Rebel Sketchy sound, but with modern bass music grooves and skippy 2-step inspired beats. Unplug is the first vocal track of the album, featuring the talents of London based Agne Motie, and is a piece of gloriously uplifting sunkissed festival drum & bass. What Will Be takes things on a more downtempo tip, with interweaving arpeggios sitting atop a backdrop of Rhodes piano and chilled out beats. On a complete contrast the next track Space is a dancefloor focused electro house wobbler, with headtwisting sounds and chopped up beats. Agne Motie returns on vocal duties for So It Goes, and is joined by Californian MC Bukue One for an uplifting mix of hip hop and bass music elements. The energy of the previous two tracks is maintained but at a slower tempo with Animal, a homage to the cooler end of the big beat sound of the 90s. Tides layers a haunting piano riff with drum & bass and jungle beats and is one of the album's most memorable tracks. Kandamala is a warm relaxed work of electronica, transporting you far far away and allowing you to take a breath before the album closer Tramore takes us back into tech-house territory to round the album off with the perfect mix of cinematic and dancefloor elements that define the album as a whole.
With Goodbye Gravity Rebel Sketchy has stepped out of the niche which previously defined him, using the production skills that have earned him high acclaim in that genre, and redefining his musical output to show that he is truly a mature artist with his finger thoroughly on the pulse of modern electronic music.