We’re guessing that most of the people who follow Alpha-ville’s podcast series will know Roly Porter predominantly through his previous dubstep project Vex’d. As Vex’d, Porter and his creative partner, Jamie Teasdale forged brutalist, edificial bass music that, for a period, seemed to contain the essence of what dubstep would become. If it ultimately didn’t, the impression left by its sheer weight and rude power was still felt within the genre long after the project dissolved from the landscape.
While Teasdale continued to make music as Kuedo post-Vex’d, Porter distanced himself from music altogether. However, at the end of 2011 Porter returned from his self-imposed extradition with outstanding album Aftertime. We’re not exaggerating when we say that when Pinch deployed ‘Hessra’ on his recent Fabric Live cd, we sat bolt upright. These new tracks, beatless, sometimes beautiful but often uncomfortable and harsh clearly represented a new direction for Porter, yet one not entirely broken from his past.
We’re very happy to say that the mix he’s made for Alpha-ville is arguably one of the finest in the series; an abstract and sombre affair, which, like his album, eschews beats altogether. We won’t spoil it here but rather leave you to discover it for yourself. First though, we caught up with the man himself for a debriefing on the tracks he’s chosen, where he’s at now and what it’s like swapping rewinds for people, well, standing and listening.
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