Bass legends Adrian Sherwood and Rob Ellis, aka Sherwood and Pinch, have streamed a track – Retribution, taken from their forthcoming ‘Man vs Sofa’ album, due out on On-U Sound vs Tectonic Recordings on February 25th.
The new album see’s the pair move more into the proverbial shadows, with the the beats darker and hinting at tech, with paranoid, insectoid beats overlayed with sprawling percussive beats and a multitude of effects splashed all over it. Sherwood and Ellis have brought in a host of guests on the album – the piano of Martin Duffy from Primal Scream and Felt decorates a handful of tracks, Dizzee Rascal collaborator Taz brings it on ‘Gun Law’, whilst Skip McDonald of the Sugarhill Gang, Tackhead and Little Axe lends his talents as a multi-instrumentalist master. Topping the bill is Lee “Scratch” Perry, who adds his unmistakable mark to ‘Lies’.
On the album itself, Pinch comments, “Having spent around five years working together, our work flow has developed and improved considerably, and we both feel that the music we’re making now is something neither of us could or would do alone. Adrian has amassed a bunch of new (old) studio equipment over the last couple of years too, so there’s been a lot more stuff to play about with, and that’s expressed in some of the directions the tracks go in. I hope it resonates with listeners as much as it does with us.” Sherwood concurs: “I’m really proud of ‘Man Vs. Sofa’ – Pinch and I have developed a proper great sound together and this is a real step forward.”
Returibution fizzes and glitters, shape shifting its way through the pairs usual feast of dubby experimental electronica. More than interesting though, it jolts your body into this paranoid sense of wonder, only satisfied with continual plays. Check it out for yourself, here