TOTD // 11/08 // Paleman

Published: August 11, 2016, words by Watch The Hype

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A firm underground favourite, Paleman has spent the four years since breaking on to the scene rising rapidly to the top, having had multiple releases on the esteemed Swamp81 label, and collaborating with the likes of Zed Bias and the superb jazz outfit Polar Bear. His productions are dark and gritty, in the way that 81 affiliated artists do so well.

Busting in to the limelight back in 2012, his excellent All Good EP immediately cemented his name as a producer to watch. Since then he’s maintained his stature with a string of top quality productions, each maintaining something of a signature style, whilst being fairly disparate in sound. 2014’s ‘Beezledub’ was a stand-out for the young producer, seeming to enrapture the majority of selectors (and their crowds) for that summer; from uni pre-drinks, to local clubs, to the biggest festivals in the world. Since then his sound has matured and developed even further, as highlighted in his most recent release.

A penchant for percussion, and currently studying for a degree in Jazz drums, his productions tick along with a strange, but oddly familiar irregularity. Paradoxically rhythmic and arrhythmic, throwing the typical 4/4 beat out the window. We’re thrilled to bring you today’s Tracks Of The Day from the one and only Paleman. Taking us on a road less travelled, under the theme of “moods that sweep me away”, indulge in four tracks that are outside the normal sound of the Swamp 81 selector. They speak to his wider tastes, and it’s this eclecticism that helps to inform his inimitable productions.

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Claude Debussy

Danseuses de Delphes

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Such a complex piece shifting tonality and again flickering between moods. Check out the chords around 23 seconds in – divine, when I heard those descending chords for the first time something deep was stirred inside me! A beautiful and macabre piece from Debussy – I think that version is actually a recorded piano roll version from the man himself which only entices my imagination more. This piece takes me away in my head into a bulbous fairground world filled with texture and a confident loneliness – genius (as Debussy so often was). I orchestrated this piece at college for a full symphony orchestra – so I spent weeks excavating the piece and analysing and deconstructing it – those descending chords I mentioned earlier never got boring… :)”
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The Witch OST

Caleb’s Seduction

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The soundtrack to this film is incredible – and I love that it’s a recent horror film…  There are definitely echoes of Bela Bartok’s and a couple of other 20th century guys quartet work in there but Mark Korven has truly brought a unique occult flavour this one. Chills from head to toe with the destroyed cello sound – then the pure lust and the horrific enticement of the Witch towards the end of the piece – brilliant choral work (a lot of it was improvised). It’s quite an aggressive score but it still takes me to a faraway place especially listening to the whole score in one (something fairly hard to sit through lol). It truly is real horror music that is so texturally rich and emotionally engaging, engrossing the imagination. The pure dread throughout the film and score is addictive and inspiring. One day I hope to write music for film that lodges into your mind in the way this score has done for me.”
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Arvo Part

Summa for Strings

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Arvo Part is one of the most unique and captivating composers for me – he says “I could compare my music to white light which contains all colours. Only a prism can divide the colours and make them appear; this prism could be the spirit of the listener” what a quote! This piece takes me far away, and makes me patient when I’m frustrated…there is something very human about its joyful melancholy. I love music where the mood is neither left nor right. A lot of the 20th century composers hang in the space between block colours and moods, which only entices me more.”
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Kassem Mosse

Untitled B3

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“A simple looped tune filled with texture that truly sweeps me away. I picture myself (or someone) driving a spaceship alone on a long haul space flight, slowly folding inwards with thoughts. This tune soundtracking the montage of flying alone through the vacuum of the cosmos with only a brain for company. The swelling white noise at the end embodying the descent into madness (or the ascension towards enlightenment).”

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