Plastic Platform: C22 Face+heel
The Cardiff/London duo of Sinead McMillan and Luke Taylor produce inquisitive, smooth beats under the name of Face+heel - partly named after a professional wrestling terminology; the 'Face' a hero, the 'Heel' a villan.
It's a somewhat apt moniker for them in terms of didactics, Sinead allowing her classically trained background to steer composition and spacious elements of tracks, as Luke forms sound structures around lyrical components. It's been a busy year thus far with an EP, 'No Stars', already out and another, 'Love from the Shadows' due anytime soon. Not to mention thier Bolier Room set, and a myriad of London dates past and upcoming (see them next supporting Breton on 24th october).
For now, point your ears at their influences via a Plastic Platform mix they created for us. It's quite something.
- Affect - Kollectiv Turmstrasse
- Tense past - Holy Other
- Efdemin - Nighttrain (Fred P remix)
- Blondes - Hater
- Ellen Alien - Way Out
- Cocteau twins - Cherry-coloured Funk
- Einstürzende Neubauten - The Garden
- How to dress well - & it was U
- Hyetal - Beach Scene
- Darkstar - North
- Phon.o - Leave a light on
- Jacques Greene - These days
- Machinedrum - No Respect
- Estiu - John Talabot
Following Casiokids' Bergen inspired mix from last week was always going to be difficult, but the rather awesome Cristina Checa from Granit has stepped up to the challenge with this 45 minute chunk of brilliance. Granit might not be a familiar name to you right now, but if they continue to release brilliant EP's such as their recent self-titled one, then that's sure to change soon. [read more]
Face+Heel must be one of the most intriguingly innovative groups around right now. Somewhere between Portishead, Erikah Badu and 90s R&B lies their unique, flowing sound, effortlessly touching on languishing, longing and lazy afternoons. [read more]