Jeffrey ScottDown To Art
Having been a mainstay at the Sheik ‘N’ Beik parties across NYC and Ibiza, Jeffrey Scott is a long term friend of the team. He is an artist who has patiently cultivated a methodical yet free-flowing form of production that melds live instrumentation, warped and celestial synthesis with a healthy sprinkling of oddity that lends him perfectly to a release with Sheik ‘N’ Beik.
This - his debut 12” - is built predominantly with Hardware, Software and modular gear and kicks off with ‘Under Aqua’ that drives flat, whetted kicks through flexing metallic tones and pellucid clicks and snaps. Distant, reverberated signals are gently pushed in and out of the mix as additive percussion pushes momentum forwards. Panned and mangled spoken word hops between languages which, alongside a soft and rueful chord change builds a striking soft / hard contrast.
Allegorical in its progression, ‘Down To Art’ then opens up with layered Boards Of Canada-esque synth tones sat atop a buoyant pulse. Passages of twisted spoken word and clever sound design builds disquieting tension that never quite boils over whilst keeping the listener pinned throughout.
‘Drum Morphing’ then sets sheets of glacial synth tones atop clipped analogue drums. Patient and natural in it’s progression, it slowly renders the moon’s landscape and closes with playful use of delay, pitch bending and panning that caps off an impressive and daring debut from Scott and another fine addition to the Sheik ‘N’ Beik series.