Tuesday, 1 December 2009
NEWS: Various Artists - North/South/East/West [Bleep]
A brand new project from Bleep, photographer Shaun Bloodworth and designer Stuart Hammersly, 'N/S/E/W,' is a musical and visual journey around differing regions of the world. Anyone who's followed Bloodworth's work will have seen his striking figures adorn the covers and booklets of the Rinse CD series along with Mary Anne Hobb's compilations on Planet Mu, and keen followers should know that recently he visited the US to document the - and I use this for the lack of a better adjective - 'beats' scene out there; and 'N/S/E/W' combines his stark potraits of these international artists with - in 9 out of 12 cases - exclusive tracks from opposite spectrums of the globe.
Skream, Headhunter and Geeneus rep for Southern England, Rustie, Hudson Mohawke and Taz Buckfaster hold it down for the North (i.e. Scotland), Flying Lotus, Matthew David and Daedelus shed light on the West Coast of the US whilst Mike Slott, Kotchy and FaltyDL give us a little insight into the East Coast.
"Available as two editions, both made in limited quantities. A standard edition with 14 high quality photographic prints and a 12 track CD compilation and deluxe edition, hand numbered with a limited poster. Both editions are beautifully packaged in a custom made box."
Unified by a passion for bass music, the artists are now forever conjoined by Bloodworth's photography, presented in unanimous fashion by Hammersly and Bleep, its a project that's going some way to prove that the world isn't that huge a place after all...