EP Review: Neue Grafik – Innervision
Written by James Zaremba on 10th March 2018
Next up on Bradley Zero’s acclaimed Peckham-based label, Rhythm Section, is a stunning EP from eclectic producer and multi-instrumentalist, Neue Grafik. Having popped up on a number of UK-based labels over the past few years, including WOLF Music and 22a Recordings, the Parisian now returns to the Big Smoke with one of his most accomplished and multi-dimensional releases to date…
Having met at a party housed inside Paris’ legendary, Djoon nightclub, Neue Grafik (real name Fred Bwelle) and Bradley Zero struck up a friendship that would see them DJ together at parties around the world. It was no doubt then, that Fred would eventually come to release on the label. With Innervision, he takes his sound further towards live instrumentation than ever before – something that has since materialised into his latest project, the Neue Grafik Ensemble, curated by one of London’s leading creative spaces, Total Refreshment Centre.
To read more about how Innervision came to be, Fred and Bradley’s relationship and what’s in store for the Neue Grafik project, check out the Melodic Distraction interview with the man himself, right here…
Opening with the record’s title track, Innervision begins softly, building into a choral crescendo that rises to meet with a warm bassline and a sublime vocal performance from Tartlet Records affiliate and long-time collaborator, Wayne Snow. The track is beautifully balanced, with a shimmering snare shining through the outro of what serves as a seductively light opening to the EP.
Feeding wilfully into track two, ‘Dance to Yemanja’ brings classic Rhythm Section flavours into the mix, with live percussion and warm keyboard melodies underpinned by choppy drums firing out of Neue Grafik’s signature MPC. Light brushes of analogue synths ooze throughout the airy yet punchy track.
‘To Peckham Rye’ is an ode to the label’s roots in South London’s electronic and jazz music scene. Home to the Bussey Building, Rye Wax, YAM Records and much more – the area is soundtracked by broken beat, house and jazz music with Neue Grafik’s track encapsulating this vibe with great pertinencey. No doubt, one for the dance floors of South London and beyond.
‘Barbes Interlude’ brings the record back down to earth with crunchy percussion and an elusive, lofty trumpet that freely dances around the backdrop – field recordings of a crowd provide this short interlude with a sense of space and time that transport the listener into what could be a concert warm-up or tight jam session, making this our favourite cut on the EP.
Funky broken-beat brings us back into the body of the record on ‘Why You,’ which makes use of a looping vocal sample that calls out “Why you Love?” – This is one that makes you want to take a night time drive and bump this track REALLY LOUD, classic UK broken-beat sounds with a distinctly Parisian twist.
The EP closes on ‘Aulnay’s Tears,’ a stripped-back session of drums and claps that harks back to the early days of Rhythm Section, whilst luscious piano chords bring entirely new flavours to the mix.
With a rich blend of worldwide influences, Innervision presents Neue Grafik’s most creative and open-minded project to date. Be sure to check out our Melodic Distraction Interview with Neue Grafik and then head over to Bandcamp and pre-order your copy on 12″ vinyl or digital download.