Hammered pentatonics and a New Wave march. Hawtin`s Funk. Ravers suck our sound. Eastern promise and opium dens. Footsteps faltering, weary, slow but determined. Walking as if into legend and myth. Tremolo thinking. Vini`s thin fingers. Our mate Aaron, and Indra. The Shangri-Las lost in the Black Ark.
Robert Wyatt getting lucky. Beautiful syncopation. Finis Africae like experimentation. Sun Ra. Tortoise. Post-Rock and Bubble Core heydays. Speck Mountain-isms and Factory grooves. Calm kalimba. Spiritual sax and rin gong harmonics. Harold Budd meets Pharoah Sanders.
Where are you based?
Is this your hometown?
No, that’s Maldon, Essex.
How long have you been making music / running the label?
I’ve been making music in bands since 1981. A Primary Industry, the band Ian & I had before Ultramarine, formed in 1983 and we started Ultramarine in 1989. My label Real Soon started in 2002.
How would you describe your sound / the label`s sound?
I’d describe the Real Soon sound as deep, abstract House music. I’m not sure if I can describe Ultramarine.
Who would you most like to work with?
Some dream collaborators for me would be John Surman, Will Oldham, Sam Prekop, Meg Baird and Benny Sings.
What do you have lined up for 2014?
On Real Soon, we have a 12” called “Passwords” due out hopefully in June, with remixes from our album “This Time Last Year” by Kai Alcé, Hercules & Love Affair and Juju & Jordash. “Every Man And Woman is a Star” has been re-mastered and will be reissued with new artwork on Rough Trade. This will be a double-album with a bonus 4-track 12″ of our Peel session from 1992. Again, due out sometime this Summer.
We’ve also just finished a music / video collaboration with Studio Heretic, who are London-based designers & screen printers, for a publication called “Random Spectacular” (published in June). The book includes an interview with Ultramarine by James Nice (LTM, Les Disques Du Crépuscule, Factory Benelux). The profits from the publication go to Maggie’s Cancer Care Centres.