TOTD // 31/05 // Ishmael

Published: May 31, 2017, words by Alex Powell

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.

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Lakuta

Pique (Contours Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I’ve had the pleasure of playing with Contours a couple of times in the last couple of months and his selections have always been top-notch! His passion & enthusiasm for music is infectious. As for his own music, his skills as a percussionist really shine through, they’re playful yet concise. I’ll definitely be checking his set.”
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Tenderlonious

Song For My Father

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I personally feel Tenderlonious’ 22a is one of the most focused & productive labels in the UK at the moment. They’re blurring the lines between jazz & dance music without any pretence. The companionship behind the collective rings so pure & true in the music, it’s clearly all love.”
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Felix Lenferink (Frits Wentink)

First Bouree

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I first got introduced to Frits’ work through this release. I played this at most gigs for about two years as it always brought a new lease of life to the dancefloor. Over the last five or so years, Frits has stayed true to form and delivered some of the most interesting club music out there.”
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Dele Sosimi

Sanctuary

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I saw the Dele Sosimi Afrobeat Orchestra in Bristol a couple of years ago and picked up their album You No Fit Touch Am. I’ve been playing it at gigs ever since as it always brings such joy to the dancefloor. Top rhythms, killer grooves & super tight horns, a masterclass in modern Afro-Beat!”

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