I’ve long followed the career and artistic development of Ross Tones – probably since the inception of Groovement in 2007 – and it will be a pleasure to go out and buy his debut solo album in June. Have a listen to the mesmerising Hypnotise, featuring Kid A, below.
Sun 01 June – Official Album Launch: Ace Hotel, London, UK.
Thu 05 June – In-store: Rough Trade, London, UK.
Fri 06 June – RBMA Weekender, Warsaw, Poland
Sat 07 June – Parklife Festival, Manchester, UK
Sat 07 June – The Brickworks, Nottingham, UK
Fri 13 June – Sonar Festival, Barcelona, Spain
Wed 18 June – King’s College, Cambridge, UK
Thu 19 June – The Rockingchair, Sheffield, UK
Sat 21 June – Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, Denmark
Thu 26 June – The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, UK
Sat 19 July – Lovebox Festival, London, UK
Throwing Snow ‘Aspera’ December 3rd 2012 Label: Snowfall
Listen on Soundcloud. Throwing Snow returns! This new one is fairly gargantuan and frankly, really fresh. I look forward to the release.
Having minted his Snowfall imprint with the acclaimed ‘Clamor’ EP earlier this year, Ross Tones aka Throwing Snow returns on December 3rd for his second EP of 2012, the eagerly awaited ‘Aspera’. As with its predecessor, the title comes laced with Latin rhetoric: “Aspera” translating as “to make rough”, providing an apt description for the aesthetic of the four original tracks on offer.
From the title track Tones’ creative direction is clearly displayed. Hinging round a warming bass, coarse stripped back drums accompany frosty arpeggios and washed out synths atop a bed of hidden strings, whilst on ‘Melum’ flickering percussion, ethereal guitars and throbbing melodic jabs combine with Throwing Snow’s trademark distortion, culminating in an unexpected segment of footwork punctuating the track’s expansive growth.
‘Lingerwell’ sees four knackered piano chords wrapped in warm crackles and hypnotic atmospherics blooming into life with a burst of pulsating stabs, before ‘Behest’ closes the EP with a climactic slugging match of drowned drums, throbbing bass and ecclesiastical synths, and a drop to make even the most atheistic of us think again.
Snowfall is now two releases strong, and having set out with an honest mission statement we are left highly anticipating what will surface next.
This photo (credit to chally136) should be on the Brighton Tourist Board website…
Brighton lad attak.media is currently working on this remix of Throwing Snow‘s Cronos track, released on a 12″ last year. It’s got me nodding along quite ferociously as I finish up this Pete Rock article for Bonafide magazine (yushhh), so thought I’d throw it up. Don’t play it without putting at least a Funktion 1 sound system through your laptop.
2. The Shadows I Make (ft Russell Morgan)
3. As The Rain Spits
4. Nettles and Gangs
5. Wallow (Lapalux Remix)
6. Wallow (PhOtOmachine’s Underground Haus Remix)
7. Wallow (Raffertie Remix)