Livity Sound 49 by Azu Tiwaline, Forest Drive West, Batu, Two Shell, Al Wootton, DJ Plead, Bakongo, Cando, Facta, Pev, Kowton, Simo Cell, Hodge, Bruce, Kouslin, Jurango, Toma Kami, Plumes, Surgeons Girl
- Label: Livity Sound
- Title: Molten Mirrors A Decade of Livity Sound
- Reference: Livity Sound 49
- Format: 4 x 12” Box LTD
- Country: UK
- Categories: Techno / hardtechno, Electro / breaks, Bass dubstep grime,
- Style: Dub Techno, UK Garage, Techno
- Weight: 0.96
- Release date: 05/05/2022
- Catalog entry: 05/05/2022
Livity Sound 49 review
Livity Sound has evolved considerably since 2011. Originally it was established as a vessel for new tracks from Peverelist, Kowton and Asusu – three Bristol-based artists who found common ground between their distinct styles in pursuit of a reduced, heavyweight strain of soundsystem techno. A run of hand-stamped 12”s and a three-way live show followed, while the Reverse sister label provided a conduit for emergent artists to enter the fray. Early breakthroughs from Hodge, Batu, Bruce and Simo Cell pointed to the broader horizons Livity was heading towards – an expanding community of like-minded artists creating dancefloor misfits that somehow fit together.
First appearing with a compilation of remixes in 2014, Tess Redburn’s iconic artwork heralded a fresh new impetus for the label, and the music seemed to become more colourful in kind. While the founding principles of space, bass and fractured rhythms have largely abounded up to the present day, there’s been a progressively broader palette of sound employed. Technoid melodic shimmers, earthen percussion and found sounds have become as prominent as sub frequencies and cavernous dub echoes, delivered by a vivid and varied ensemble of producers.
Molten Mirrors captures the dynamic energy of Livity Sound at 10, with 19 artists from the label’s roster coming together to present an honest document of where the label is at in the present moment. No over-arching concepts, no hackneyed themes – true to Livity’s open-ended mode since 2011, it’s as much a declaration of community as a cross-section of experimental dance music in 2021. Trying to pin down the sonic styles is something of a fools errand – from the older guard to recent signings, what binds together this international, inter-generational span of artists is their lack of convention.
A case in point: Azu Tiwaline’s submerged and subdued rhythmic incantations sit between Bakongo (aka Roska)’s raw and angular drum pressure and Al Wootton’s needlepoint, swinging dub tech variations. Nothing is totally placeable, and yet everything meets that ill-defined Livity Sound ethos, which stretches back to the earliest 12”s.
Club music continues to mutate and break new ground with each passing year, and as a faithful document of one microcosm within an ever-expanding music culture, Molten Mirrors reflects the multifaceted, technicolour energy of the here and now while celebrating the possibilities of an open, unpredictable future.
A1 - Azu Tiwaline - Nissa
A2 - Forest Drive West - Lost Signal
B1 - Batu - Melts Into Air
B2 - Two Shell - Big Style
C1 - Al Wootton - Sancode
C2 - DJ Plead - Glebe
C3 - Bakongo - Ashy
D1 - Cando - It's All Relative
D2 - Facta - FM Gamma
E1 - Pev & Kowton - Exhale
E2 - Simo Cell - El Gato Loco
F1 - Hodge - Do What You Need To Do
F2 - Bruce - Just Getting On With It
G1 - Kouslin - Racket
G2 - Jurango - Drolle Prosse
G3 - Toma Kami - Sixty Frames
H1 - Ido Plumes - Albeit
H2 - Surgeons Girl - Grass Labyrinth
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