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Another first-rate talent born from Bristol, Ishmael has over the past few years demonstrated his innovative style with much success. Ishmael’s productions resonate a truly unique hybrid of jazz compositions and electronic music through a range of means. His formative releases such as Lumo through Wolf Music records prove his ability to craft club-focused sounds with ease. Other tracks such as ‘Au Juju’, using vocal samples and muffled keyboard chords, further prove his independent take on deep house.
Ishmael’s early releases were then followed by his most notable work, his debut album Sometime In Space in 2016, on Church Records. The album presents Ishmael’s true talent through a full feature harmonious experience. Equipped with an intro likened to an 80’s sci-fi flick with the use of synths and echoing vocals, it creates a powerful initial atmosphere. ‘The Leviathan’, the third track in the album, adopts an acid house style yet retains the theme of the album – utilising a continuous eerie background tone, the track seamlessly drifts whilst hard-hitting, rising tones are also at play.
Further artistic illustration of his productions become even more tangible to his audience through his live sets. His notable Boiler Room feature incorporated visual elements as well as a live saxophone interlude. This showed his ability to stick close to his jazz roots. His alias, Ishmael Ensemble, set to perform at Gottwood festival, has also seen great admiration. Releasing through Banoffee Pies records (who contributed to last year’s Gottwood takeover) with Songs For Knotty, Ishmael and his ensemble produced a four track stylistic jazz LP. A tribute piece, each song demonstrates raw and true passion. With heartfelt vocals and fast paced rhythms, the release is a pleasure to bear witness to.
Set to play on the Saturday at Gottwood Festival, Ishmael has a lot to provide his audience with and is bound to showcase an excellent live show. Here, he picks four tracks from his top pick of artists playing at Gottwood in 2017.