We're up in Chicago right now for the Pitchfork Fest, probably attempting to weasel our way into Wrigley for the Cubs-Cards game as you read this. I'm hoping to update sporadically from the road, and you can expect photos and a recap on Monday...for now, let me tell you about Herbert's newest album, Scale:
Matthew Herbert used over 700 items (musical and otherwise) to create his genius new record, Scale, including "coffins, petrol pumps, meteorites, an RAF Tornado Bomber, and somebody being sick outside a banquet for a notorious London arms fair." All that might sound extraneous and downright gimmicky in the hands of a lesser producer, but Herbert masterfully employs all these elements to create warm, intelligent, and often politically-charged dance music. Oh, and getting the lovely Dani Siciliano to contribute vocals doesn't hurt.
On this track, Herbert busts out drums recorded in a hot-air balloon to create what Prefixmag called "straight old-school soul-inflected house with the strings to back it up."
Herbert Like a Moving Train mp3
Here's a great remix Herbert did for Jamie Lidell's "Multiply":
Jamie Lidell Multiply (Herbert's Hoedown Bump) mp3