• solitudecoverweb
  • Solitude

  • Malpas Records
  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio Wales and XFM. Available at iTunes, Amazon and Beatport.

    “A spiralling piece of euphoric electronica. An album that will repay repeated listens” Acid Ted
    “Jaw-dropping” Globetronica

    I bought a 1970s copy of the classic novel ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez whislt strolling through the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires, just before Christmas 2011. Staring at the cover, I realised that ‘Solitude’ would be an apt title for my third LP, given that I created it entirely on my own. Making this record has been a solitary experience as, for the first time, I didn’t collaborate with vocalists and didn’t play demo tracks to anyone.

    Furthermore, London is starting to feel like a manic place to live. I am constantly daydreaming about living somewhere totally isolated in the countryside or on a clifftop – a life of solitude. No noise, no distractions…maybe one day.

     

  • GRAINS WEB
  • Grains of Light

  • Malpas Records
  • This EP was inspired by the immediacy and raw quality of a session I recorded for Adam Walton’s BBC radio show back in 2003. I found it whilst sorting out CDs one Sunday afternoon. It was great to be working on limited equipment again and I hope that comes through in the music.

  • theme2
  • Theme 2

  • Exceptional Records 2010
  • Pounding electronica with an urgency and understanding that makes it jump out of the stereo Huw Stephens, BBC Radio 1
    Brings to mind a lot of my favourite electronic music of the past 15 years Eddy Temple-Morris, XFM
    Outstanding Adam Walton, BBC Radio Wales
    An awesome album DJ Pathaan
    A rich pallete of sound. Lovingly crafted. Blues & Soul magazine

    My second album ‘Theme 2′ was released in November 2010. It was written over several years, with some of the initial demos for tracks such as ‘Screamer’ and ‘The Flow Ecstatic’ dating back to 2001. All vocal contributions were recorded by the vocalists themselves with assistance from their individual producers, for which I was extremely grateful. As such, the album was recorded across many locations; from my student digs in Cardiff, through to rural Devon and the London suburbs of Woolwich and Camden.

    The record was a labour of love and I was relieved to finish it. I doubt I’ll ever tell anyone what it’s really about, but as the great Ernest Hemingway said of the characters in ‘The Old Man and the Sea’; “…if I made them good and true enough, they would mean many things.”

    The artwork was created by my cousin Steve:  www.steve-coleman.co.uk

  • Running in Order
  • Running in Order

  • Exceptional Records 2007
  • “A dazzling array of influences packed in to every minute” DJ Magazine
    “A symphonic masterwork…a defining moment in electronica” Drowned in Sound
    “Masterful…an engaging listening experience” Beatportal

    I was interviewed by the BBC Music website just before ‘Running in Order’ was released and I remember the first question being: “Why has it taken so long for your debut album to come out?” It took me by surprise, as it didn’t seem like a long time to me. I suddenly realised that my debut album was being released four years after my first single, even though I had released a lot of records during that period. This ridiculous timescale, I explained to the Beeb, was due to “a fascinating series of disappointments, disasters and delays. I won’t list them all, but they range from the mildly comical to the absolutely ludicrous.” Good content for a book one day maybe.

    I’m proud of my first album and it’s pretty amazing to think that something I created in a series of bedrooms in Cardiff studentville ended up being played all over the world. I was particularly grateful for a recent Japanese royalty cheque, at a grand total of £1.98.

  • Distraction
  • Distraction ft. Smiler

  • Exceptional Records 2010
    1. Distraction
    2. Distraction (Conflict of Mint Remix)

    I wrote the instrumental pretty quickly and knew it needed a top-notch rapper. Smiler was recommended by a producer at BBC 1Xtra, who I met by chance at a Youth Music charity event. I think he wrote the lyrics in just over an hour and recorded it just as quickly. The original beat features some unusual instrumentation; I was able to use a santoor (Persian hammered dulcimer) to create the staccato rhythms in addition to a very weird object I can only describe as an inverted tambourine.

  • Screamer
  • Screamer

  • Exceptional Records 2010
    1. Screamer
    2. Screamer (Three Drummers Mix)
    3. Screamer (Planas Mix)

    ‘Screamer’ was written over a single afternoon in Cardiff student digs back in 2001 and always reminds me of that particular time whenever I hear it. It was made using only an ageing iMac and Yamaha hardware sampler. When this was released as a single in January 2010, it was quite weird hearing something I wrote nine years ago being resurrected on BBC Radio 1.

  • No Need to Ask
  • NNTA (Reso’s Resurrection Mix)

  • Exceptional Records
  • Tricks
  • Tricks

  • Exceptional Records 2007
    1. Tricks
    2. Tricks (Paul Hartnoll Mix)
    3. Tricks (The Rogue Element Mix)

    The release of this record was an incredible moment for me, as it included a mix by one of my personal heroes; Paul Hartnoll of the legendary Orbital. I’ve been influenced by Paul’s music since my teens and when the remix came back on CDR I still couldn’t quite believe it when I played it for the first time. All the classic musical elements of Orbital that had made such an impact on my own production style were present and correct – it was an incredible experience. Following this release, I also had the chance to remix Paul’s record ‘Please’ (featuring Robert Smith of The Cure). You can find out more about it in the remix section.

    I also remember that The Rogue Element’s mix was in the Beatport chart for quite a while and became a huge tune on the Breaks circuit. It got a few spins in Fabric too – neis.

  • Hollow
  • Hollow

  • Exceptional Records 2006
    1. Hollow
    2. Hollow (Conflict of Mint Mix)

    Another vocal track from ‘Running in Order’, featuring MC Incyte. I’d worked on the instrumental for quite a while and the label suggested I speak to Incyte, who’d done some work on the first Rogue Element album. He came up to Cardiff for the day and we recorded it within 4 hours with Luke Jones at Warwick Hall of Sound. Incyte spent most of the day laughing at people’s haircuts and we then went for a curry.

  • The Sway
  • Sway (ft. Sarah Howells)

  • Exceptional Records
    1. Sway
    2. Berliner
    3. Strings Outro

    My first single for Exceptional, with vocals by Sarah Howells. I’d wanted to work with Sarah for quite a while after seeing her band Halflight (now Paper Aeroplanes) perform in Cardiff. I was really pleased with what we came up with and it’s gone on to become a cult classic amongst Culpfans, with many saying it’s their favourite track. According to reports, it became a something of a summer hit in the discos of the Greek islands. I have no idea how that happened and I’m still concerned that it may have been played between ‘The Ketchup Song’ and ‘YMCA’.

  • No Need to Ask
  • No Need To Ask

  • My Kung Fu (2005)
    1. No Need To Ask
    2. Electric State
    3. Aliaga

    This was the first Culprit 1 single to be accompanied by a video. I was really impressed with what Roughcollie managed to do. The main track went down really well, but I was quite surprised as to the extent that radio picked up on the b-sides. I’d always wanted to name a track after the Spanish town of Aliaga since my brother went on a rubbish academic field trip there in 2002. It’s quite an unusual track – I remember using almost entirely acoustic sounds, being influenced primarily by Amon Tobin and Four Tet.

  • Jarred
  • Jarred

  • My Kung Fu (2004)
    1. Jarred
    2. What I Use (Extended Mix)

    The first Culprit 1 single to be released on vinyl. I remember this was picked up by people who hadn’t played my stuff before, mostly the club-oriented DJs. It also started appearing in club charts and got me known in Eastern Europe. When Annie Mac played this on her Radio 1 show, she chose to introduce it as being produced by “the DJ Shadow of Wales.” I don’t think I’ve done an interview since which hasn’t kicked off with; “so, you’re the Welsh DJ Shadow”. It’s been both a blessing and a curse. Whenever it crops up in conversation, I do a fake laugh and try to change the subject to the benefits of a carrot-based diet.

  • Aqoon Guud
  • Aqoon Guud

  • My Kung Fu (2004)
    1. Parting Shot
    2. Manical
    3. Adapt
    4. Frozen Format

    I was very proud of this release when it came out, mostly due to the beautiful digipack that My Kung Fu had got manufactured at the pressing plant. It was my second release and I remember thinking I had something to prove after ‘What I Use’ had garnered quite a lot of magazine hype and radio play. Listening to ‘Parting Shot’ now, it seems pretty chaotic structurally and jumps all over the place. It’s pretty representative of my style at the time, which can only be described as hyperactive. I recall thinking that it sounded far weirder than ‘What I Use’ and wouldn’t be as popular with the media, but it ended up being played again and again on the radio. People kept calling in to Zane Lowe’s show and requesting it for quite a few weeks. I was totally bemused by this, as it’s probably the oddest and least commercial-sounding record I’ve ever released. It also reminds me of playing at SXSW in Texas, as it came out the week I was there.

    Many people have asked where the title came from. Quite simply, it’s the Somali term for general knowledge. I was working with the Somali community in Cardiff at the time and noticed an article in a newsletter entitled ‘Aqoon Guud’. I thought it looked cool, asked my mate for a translation and decided to use it. It was pronounced about twenty different ways on the radio, but according to native speakers it’s something akin to ‘ah-koon gooed’.

  • What I Use

  • Boobytrap Records (2003)
    1. What I Use
    2. Flute Box

    After unsuccessfully trying to make inroads in to the music industry for several years, I was astounded at the instant reaction to ‘What I Use’, which seemed to generate almost entirely positive reviews and was broadcast many times on the evening shows at XFM, Radio 1 and Radio Wales. There was subsequently a lot of hype and I’ll never forget an American woman running up to me in a club and singing the tune very loudly in to my face. I thought I’d really made it at that point, but this was eclipsed in 2005, when I was recognised in a Cardiff supermarket. I’m still to top that.

  • headtest
  • Headtest

  • Boobytrap Records (2002)
    1. Seen My Air
    2. Friendly Bombs

    My first ever release, as part of a band I had been involved with since school. This is uber-rare, as we sold most of the copies to our family and friends – so good luck finding it if you’re interested!  I remember it marked the first occasion any of us had had something broadcast on BBC Radio 1.