Pedro Q&A


Artwork: Beatriz Lacerda / Sara Polja

Welcome to Magazine Sixty, Pedro. It felt like a breath of fresh air today listening to your excellent new single: She Is EP (Wolf Music Recordings). Tell us about how your relationship with the record label first came about and how they have supported you with this second release?

I first met the WOLF guys when trying to find a record label to release my last record – Pedro & Jenna Camille, This is What I am Going Through EP. I met Sharon at Shine PR, she liked my record and passed it down to WOLF. I guess this second record just came as a natural progression from there.

https://www.phonicarecords.com/product/pedro-she-is-ep-pre-order-wolf-music/158523

I was wondering who the ‘She’ referred to in the title was?

“She is” is the centerpiece of the record. I made it in the summer of 2016, before the Jenna Camille record, at a time when I was just playing with things that came naturally to me. I guess the concept of ‘She’ varies with time and place, so I can’t really give you a precise answer. 
I remember that particular summer was quite harsh, because as I was making music everyday and continually trying to push my boundaries. The sample popped off “she is true” and I just went with it.

You are originally from Porto, Portugal and have recently moved to Barcelona. What do the two cities mean to you and how does each reflect on you musically?

I moved to Barcelona to pursue my Masters in Sound and Music Computing, but while doing it I found something that I was missing in Porto. I found a community of people that look at music the same way as I do. People like Damián Botigué aka Karmasound (@damienbotigue), Abu Sou (@canelaensurco), Ivy (@ivybarkakati), Hector Rubbio (@surco__) and the people at Discos Paradiso (@discosparadiso) really welcomed me into the city.

How would you best describe the word, Jazz? And what is about it that makes it so special for you?

I wouldn’t dare try to describe it but guitarist Bill Frisell said something that resonates with me: “Jazz is not so much a style as a way of thinking, a process of transforming what’s around you”

Tell us about how your label Hear, Sense and Feel was set-up and your plans for it?

Hear, Sense and Feel was set up to release my most personal records: for and with the people around me. I haven’t pressed more than 50 copies and the artwork is always done by my friend Sara Polja. The first 7″ – B – was a compilation of tracks that I made for someone very special and the next release is a single-sided 10″ that I made with Damián Boutigué.

Please talk us through how, She Is was produced? Can you tell us about your studio set-up and how you like to approach creating music?

That summer was pretty special as I was exploring the boundaries between playing and sampling. Part of the song is played (piano and guitar) and the rest is sampled (drums and horns). I sequenced everything with my mpc2000xl and ran every track into the mixing desk. I improvised an arrangement and that was it.

The set up is constantly changing as I adapt it according to the music I want to create, but right now I am writing a lot with my guitar and piano.

What is your favourite instrument? Do you own one?

I am really into acoustic guitar.

You also DJ. Tell us about how you first got into that and where can people hear you play?

I started djing after releasing my first record back in 2015.I really enjoy sharing the records that make me excited about creating.
Since arriving in Barcelona I played a couple of parties and did some radio shows.

And finally. What does the rest of 2019 hold in store?

I am looking forward to release the 10’ on HSF and I am also finishing some tracks for a future EP.Besides that I have tracks in 2 different compilations from Portugal: Discos Paraiso and Toolicreme.

Pedro

https://www.facebook.com/PedroHSFR
http://wolfmusicrecords.com
https://hearsenseandfeel.bandcamp.com/releases

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Azari & III
‘Azari & III’
Loose Lips Records
/Island Records

If anyone tries to tell you that ‘Things aren’t as good as they used to be’ they obviously haven’t had the positive pleasure of experiencing Azari & III. As an attitude to dullness the album plays like a dream touching on all points from the more Soulful to the blatantly Techno inspired, this selection of music relishes the extremes. While current single, Restless (With Your Love) and with previous ones are included the air of familiarity is offset by the albums now U.K release. Tracks such as the acid infused Tunnel Vision and the mechanically charged Indigo simmer with tension as the production values are never less than dazzling throughout – although not always pretty such as on the deliciously sinister, Manhooker. Sweet dreams are made of this. 10

released: 19 Feb 2012

http://azariandiii.com/

 

 

 

Tony Lionni
‘Higher Ground E.P’
Freerange

Tony Lionni returns the serve with this typically striking production which sees him trace the lines between Techno and House and then blur them. Higher Ground loops a vocal snippet, works it to death over splashing hats and insistent organ with sumptuously deep synth acting as the pay-off – an inspired touch of Jazz. Moomin provides an excellent remix with funky rhythms blending together with a selection of treated instruments. And, if that isn’t enough then the final the e.p’s finale certainly will be. Forever Is A Long Time… begins with Disco drums and ends up reliving a series of classic Deep House moments with exquisite piano and swirling pads: Spine-tingling. 9

release: 23 Jan 2012

http://soundcloud.com/freerangerecords/sets/tony-lionni-higher-ground-ep/

http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

Murray Richardson
‘Memory Loss’
Baker Street Recordings

The story of House continues with this excellent bass driven production from Murray Richardson. Many of you will be overtly familiar with Baker Street by now but if not then title track Memory Loss is the reason to get acquainted. Bass lines like this are hard to beat and coupled with rattling hats and Detroit stabs this invigorating groove pushes all the right buttons at Magazine Sixty. The curious Sometime Sweet Susan continues by adding up various old-school elements and sounding vital. Remixes of Memory, are from the first-rate Paul Hardy & McKai who not surprisingly retain the B line but spice up the drums and top end to compliment the original, and a hypnotic Gareth Whitehead whose sub is suitably s**t hot! 8

release: 23 Jan 2012

http://soundcloud.com/kahua-music/sets/bsd031

http://www.bakerstreetrecordings.com/

 

 

Lilith
‘Master Codes EP’
Memoria Recordings

Memoria Recordings’ own Lilith plays with numbers on this hard-hitting and deeply involving E.P. Opening track 22, produced along with Timothy Watt, sets hissing 909 hats against moody stabs, weird voices and funky tech rhythms and does nothing if not leave an indelible impression on your mind. Freak You does as the title suggests with menacing sounds and techno attitude. 44 follows the progression with deeper tones and stylish snares, while Circoloco’s Andrew Grant explores yet more tense atmospheres and drum textures on his excellent remix. The Filsonik remix of Freak You rounds off in jackin’ Chicago mode teasing you with its bassline and shuffling percussion. 8

https://www.facebook.com/memoriarecordings#!/memoriarecordings

 

 

Signal Deluxe
Mercado Negro EP
Hidden Recordings

If you like music that challenges your imagination then Mexico City’s Signal Deluxe are most definitely for you. The led track is somewhat epic clocking in at nearly eleven and a half minutes, but don’t let that bother you at this develops a sequence of completely intriguing sounds and vocal treatments all at its own pace – feeling almost ambient at times but with a deadly serious undercurrent too. Or to put that into other words, it’s a stunning piece of electronic music. But then so is the Derek Marin Remix who twists nasty stabs together with trippy vocals and slower beats. The Craft Remix lifts the tempo techno time for its unrelenting version, while the Deepak Sharma & Dieter Krause Remix stretches everything out into sonic extremes and might be something you would like to experience in a dark room (though perhaps not alone!) Again you could use the word exceptional. 9

release: 23 Jan 2012

http://www.hidden-recordings.com/front_content.php?idcat=39

 

 

 

 

Sandy Barber
‘The Best Is Yet To Come’
BBE Records

Sandra Barber was the lead vocalist on Rare Pleasure’s classic ‘Let me Down Easy’ after which she branched out with producer Clyde Otis as a solo artist to release her debut album in 1977. It’s all too easy to review The Best Is Yet To come because you are immediately enveloped in soaring emotive melodies the way only Soul music seems to truly do. The album contains its fair share of down tempo ballads such as the gorgeous I’ll Belong To You/ Yea Baby but also mid-tempo Disco shuffles and even hot boogie action too. Try, I Think I Think I’ll Do Some Stepping (On My Own) which comes with excellent reworkings from John Morales and Al Kent as well as the somewhat suggestive I’ve Got something Good (Come And Get It) for size. You won’t be dissatisfied. 8

http://www.bbemusic.com/

Rare Pleasure ‘Let Me Down Easy’ (1976)

 

Dominic Martin
‘Family Affair’
Lost My Dog

The second in this series highlighting the labels’ prowess sees Glaswegian Dominic Martin select fourteen tracks to mix. You’d be surprised if I didn’t reassure you the music contains the key word, Deep although rarely do the energy levels dip below that required to party. The album contains a handful of new productions along with a couple of notable remixes from Giom, Milton Jackson and Johnny Fiasco who all deliver typically punchy selections. What the tracks do have in likeness is a common bond in the use of funky stabs, warm pads and always crisp beats. Also well worth noting are the smoky down-tempo numbers: New Context and the tastefully Jazzy ‘Last Exit’ which serve to break up the beats and the mix in an extra layer of intrigue. 8

http://soundcloud.com/kahua-music/sets/lmdlp005/

http://www.lostmydog.net/

https://www.facebook.com/lostmydog?sk=app_178091127385

 

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