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  • Writer's pictureRachael Finch

Premiere: Heavenly Stems - Florals [Algebra Records]

London based producer Heavenly Stems is up next in our premiere series with a beautifully crafted debut release on Algebra Records. The release consists of two parts 'Florals' and 'Shells' with each EP forming a side pressed to a limited lathe cut transparent green 12" - I imagine inspired by his deep rooted love of nature.

The EP's themselves utilise this admiration for nature with the tracks being "penned as admiration for trees" and are also influenced by Ben's love of sample culture and electronica, as he cites J Dilla, Jon Hopkins and Burial as inspirations. Certainly, you can feel these influences in the downtempo beats and the emotionally resonant keys that form his tracks. Talking about how the tracks were constructed Ben noted how "each track is constructed from live takes, sampled, manipulated, re-sampled and re-performed, resulting in a familiar-yet-enstranged arrangement". It almost feels like a collage of memories thrown together which somehow do fall into place to form a coherent whole.

Today we are delighted to bring you the title track from the 'Florals' side of the vinyl. Opening up with vintage crackling, the track explores deep crevices within not just the electronic scene but the natural world as well. As the track progresses, meandering euphoric synths, and slightly off time, nostalgic-tinged beats are joined by the soundscape of a dense forest and distorting echoing vocal snippets to create a reminder of the value of nature and what can be achieved when humanity and the environment are as one.

For more from Algebra Records you can find their Bandcamp HERE.


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