Release Date: Nov 12, 2013
Record label: Livity Sound Recordings
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
First there was Punch Drunk, the Bristol label that Tom Ford, AKA Peverelist, set up to showcase the more experimental end of dubstep. As the label grew older, it became a breeding ground for experiments with techno and house, but its roots were firmly laid. Then came Livity Sound, which appeared on a hand-stamped white label in 2010, and became Ford's way of venturing further afield.
Listening to club music out of context—such as at work, or at the gym—tends to produce two very different effects. Sometimes it displaces you, allows escape to a nightclub, or a house party, or some imagined communal experience. It can also have essentially the opposite effect, when its repetition and minutiae center your thoughts, allowing you focus on the task at hand.
Every musical style has its own origin myth, where what started life as a nebulous cluster of interrelated activities is woven into a rather more simplified version of reality. As the most recent UK genre to have exploded all guns blazing into mainstream consciousness, dubstep's has been retold sufficient times to have hardened it into a concrete narrative: a few small crews of DJs and producers in South London taking garage deeper, darker, junglier, with basement sessions and massive sound systems mutating it into the first rave-derived form to truly elevate sub-bass sculpture and bodily immersion to high art form. The rest has become history by this point.
Even in 2013, dance music is still local music. The ease of international travel and the internet may have given rise to all sorts of international and cross-genre pollination, but the sound of Bristol’s sub-heavy club music is unmistakable. Among its most vital artists are Peverelist (Tom Ford) and Kowton (Joe Cowton), who have released a steady stream of 12?s both on local labels – Punch Drunk, Idle Hands, Tectonic, and so on – and others outside Bristol that share aesthetic ideals, like Hessle Audio, Keysound and All Caps.