Album Release & Nordic Ambience

Album Artwork by Rebecca Ramnauth

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Funny how we make things and forget them. Below is a soundscape I made on the plane back from Norway after birthing my first shamanic drum – just a collection of ambiences I recorded whilst I was there, interspersed together.

In other news, my first album recorded back in 2013 has had some mixing love from Ingi Thorisson in Reykjavik and mastering love from Toby Borrow in Australia – he uses outboard compressors and EQs for his mastering work.

The remastered album is now available through all streaming platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Youtube etc etc) with some delightful new artwork from Rebecca Ramnauth.

It will be released again through Bandcamp on the 5th of February when they’re having a fee waiver day – all my work on Bandcamp is available for free, but there is an option to buy on there too, so Friday the 5th from Midnight to Midnight (Pacific time), any sales will go further on fee-free-Fridays when they occasionally remove their fees so artists can get more support from their fans during difficult times such as these.

The album was released on New Year’s Eve just passed, and I forgot to post on here about it!

It’s pretty cool to hear those songs now they’ve had a little polish, and I hope you get a kick out of them too!

Here’s Fever Dreams, the remix album of Ditch House on Bandcamp – Buy it!

Here’s Ditch House and Fever Dreams on Apple Music:

And here’s Ditch House on Spotify:


Some new guitar demos

Very slowly working on ideas for an album ostensibly titled ‘Breakwater’ made with acoustic instruments and no computers – aside from the Nintendo DS to make backing tracks for synching multi-track work – trying to get the feel of my old 4-track tape recordings by using a digital recorder and just synching in Audacity.

Computers are just being used for the recording and arrangement.

Hoping to get some really epic instrumental recordings and work some new folk songs into the lyrics whilst working on other projects, so these two are just a taster…

Folk Stories Belong on Boats

Here’s the maiden voyage of the good ship Raðljóst, on the test voyage across the bathtub bearing the cargo of Sarah Penman´s telling from memory of the Welsh folk story of Math fab Mathonwy.

More ships under construction awaiting ballast navigation and sail negotiation before a proper test voyage on a nearby pond

Fever Dreams Remix Album has Arrived

Many thanks to Rebecca Ramnauth for the cover artwork, Toby Borrow for the outboard mastering in Australia; and to all my awesome badass friends for their hard work on making these awesome, dark, and elaborate Fever Dreams come true.

Special thanks to Tyla-Joe for starting the ball rolling by asking to revisit his remix of Mother Lode on account of feeling like he didn’t do it justice the first time; back when we would connect through gigs between Hull and Goole and get our work played on BBC Radio Humberside.

Now he’s in Italy and I’m in Scotland, but it’s in the spirit of that shared scene of Nintendocore that I decided to bring my friends together to curate this album, and that faith was spawned by Tyla-Joe getting in touch and having that faith in my work and my faith in my friends to create something dank and true.

Classics from the Vaults

I’ve been wanting to share this track for ages but it only existed on CD that I’ve now finally gotten out of storage.

21 years ago, I started a band called Candungo Burro (Idiot Donkey) with Bo Weaver as the producer/synth/samples guy on stage and it was mostly industrial disco pop.

Through collaborating, we came up with some mad tracks that were just bonkers and so much hilarity to make. We had looked up to Fatboy Slim for quite a while but eventually realised his style was incredibly formulaic and easily repeated. So when we heard the track ‘Fatboy Slim is Fxxking in Heaven’, we knew what we had to do.

This track basically wrote itself, containing my vocal ‘Fatboy Slim is Fxxking a Sheep’ and we chose the ingenious title ‘Cook Norman’ for the track (Fatboy Slim’s real name is Norman Cook)
We used to go clubbing at Room in Hull, often twice a week for the regular indie/rock/dance nights and got a friend who was a DJ to play the track one night.

Because Fatboy Slim was at the height of his popularity and the main vocal hook repeated his name, we could only surmise that people thought it was a new track of his and promptly filled the dancefloor. We were almost dying with laughter stood in the middle of the dancefloor surrounded by peeps joining us in dancing to our track. There’s a breakdown section that pans from left speaker to right and this was when we realised the club set up was split with right speaker by the DJ booth and left at the other side of the dancefloor across the room, so we really got the benefit of that panning sequence.

Later that year, we were at Glastonbury and Bo and my brother ended up in the artists’ camping area whilst I was off having a nap and they met Fat boy Slim with Zoe Ball at his backstage winnebago. When they told me this I was gushing, “what did he think about the track?”, I asked.
Apparently they were too polite to tell him about it, because, and this thought had never occurred to me – with his wife Zoe Ball being there, in that context, they said: she was the sheep!

I miss those days making bonkers dance music, but the story of this track is probably the best.

Cook Norman was a b-side on our ‘Only Not’ ep, and the second b-side was a ridiculous yet bouncy remix of one of my old 4 track tunes called Licking Zed which Bo and I wrote in an afternoon, with friends filling in on vocals for a comedic choir section. This too has been dragged from the vaults: