Secret Weapons Vol. 8 – Guy Andrews

Guy Andrews techno

This week’s edition of Secret Weapons comes from Houndstooth Records’ Guy Andrews. The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight presents ten of the UK producer’s top dance floor missiles.

If this week’s Secret Weapons is anything to go by, we can say, with absolute certainty, that Guy Andrews is one of those producers who knows his onions when it comes to music. We can also safely assume that he’s not afraid to throw some curveballs into his sets, especially if the opening choice on his list, James Blake‘s proto-dubstep production, Pan, is anything to go by.

Andrews himself is no stranger to production. He has, prior to his debut release under his own nomenclature (2011’s Shades/Textures on Hemlock Records), dropped numerous releases as both Iambic and The Moving Dawn Orchestra. These primarily came to fruition as soundscapes or ambient tracks. Whatever you want to refer to his style as, however, it is almost certainly leftfield.

Most recently, Andrews has dropped his album, Tåke, on Houndstooth Records, which has affiliations with world renowned clubbing brand, Fabric. The album is a well considered body of work, which has clearly been pored over in forensic detail by Guy. There are certainly no looped Beatport stems going on in this series of compositions.

Speaking of the album, Guy had this to say:

 “I had some extra time to explore Bergen, the city where I was staying. I ended walking up a small mountain and at the top was greeted by a stunning view of Norway’s fjords – it was such a stark contrast to where I was living at the time that it inspired me to write music that reflects the reward you get from exploring new environments.”

The seed for the album was sewn during this trip to Norway. Andrews had been delayed in flying out of the country due to fog (the name of the album translates as the Norwegian for fog or mist) and so the idea for the album was born. The album plays more as a journey into the modern classical sound, with nuances of electronic music to be found therein. We can certainly recommend checking it out for yourselves.

We can also say that Andrews wins the prize for most amusing selection explanations yet. He has managed to add convincing narrative to what is, essentially, a list, so we thank Guy for that. First and foremost though, we must thank him for inviting us into his bunker to survey his fine selection of Secret Weapons.

James BlakePan

I’m going to play this to weird people out…

RandomerKids Play

…OK, let’s try to make them dance a bit with some African inspired percussion…

JimpsterAlsace & Lorraine (Josh Wink Interpretation #2)

…Actually, I really like listening to these percussive rhythms, here’s over 11 minutes of them…

UntoldTear Up the Club

… People are enjoying themselves too much here, everyone appears to be dancing! Time to alienate them with some esoteric bass music…

EmptysetAvichi

Now that people are confused, it’s time to start building towards something. Turning up the tension a bit with this one…

Jonas KoppReject

…The trajectory is pointing towards techno whether the people here like it or not. They may not…

Rrose23 Lashes

… Dance floor cleansing in progress; the first few have exited the room. I think I might try to turn this place into a techno dungeon…

Forward Strategy GroupCode#01

… Things are getting a bit eerie in here. A group of males dressed in long black robes have appeared by the side of the dance floor and are nodding in approval…

RegisBlood Witness

… Said men have now entered the dance floor and look like they may be practicing a form of witchcraft, others leave…

British Murder BoysFist

…I can hear screaming.

 

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