WELSH producer and bassist Huw Marc Bennett wishes to weave a musical tapestry of many, many shades for you. You’ll find the cut of his cloth hard to resist.
Working in and around the London jazz scene, which has brought us so many great projects in the past year or two, he has released “Tresilian Bay”, as a foretaste of the deeply complex and beautiful LP of the same name, which comes out in mid-September.
The track comes in on a dub-fractured little trill, informed by current electronica, and a skipping broken beat that gives you time to ease back into the rhythm. And then it shifts up through bass brass, fluvial flute trills, pinging percussion and Afrobeat cadences. It mixes, it matches and it marries with absolute understanding. A certain Mr Peterson should be over this like a rash. Go hear: it’s just down there.
This delightful taster heralds the album of the same name, which it is promised “draws from artists such as Tim Maia, Augustus Pablo and Idris Muhammed as much as the jazz scene and community in south-east London … [mixing] electronica, Brazilian groove, Afrobeat and highlife along with a streak of Welsh psychedelia.”
It’s gonna be a heady exploration, marrying the sounds that weft and twine to make the vital cultural speech of our capital city and beyond.