CHERRYSTONES PRESENTS CRITICAL MASS
Splinters From The Worldwide New-Wave, Post-Punk and Industrial Underground 1978 - 1984
Touch Sensitive Records | TSR002
Eight years have passed since Cherrystones stayed true to his Word and pulled together the sympathetic sounds of the psychedelic ghetto. We’ve reached Critical Mass and we need to wipe the slate clean.
London’s best kept secret, Cherrystones has been on the underground scene for a while. People kinda speak of his grooved-out genius in hushed whispers.
You might have clocked his genre-busting album of Cherry Edits? Or when he closed down the final night of ATP after a decade long residency? Or when his jams pricked up the ears of a certain Creation Records label boss and he flirted with the mainstream? Or when the heat moved from London to NYC which saw our man deliver an epic Morricone-inspired LP while spending time as DJ Harvey’s sole label-mate. You might be following his endless list of production and remix work for the likes of Goat, The Horrors and Hospital Productions or caught him opening and closing shows at the request of Faust, Sunn 0))), The Oh Sees, Moon Duo, Chrome, Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Kutmah...
Or maybe you just know him from a night in a club with Cherrystones - where his distinctive ability to blend Italian film soundtracks, garage fuzz, krautrock and punk and translate them into a hip hop context defies categorisation.
"...As long as it makes people move on the floor, I'm into it. I've been running a rescue home for the culturally starved and ignored - a sonic soup kitchen within a philanthropic playground. That's the vibe."
On Critical Mass, Cherrystones tunes us in to fourteen groups separated by locale but united by a restless urge to create on their own terms.
From Rizzo’s nihilistic Moogie-boogie to a pre-teen Chandra’s isolated no-wave. Through Dojoji’s Downtown- via-Lagos inspired punk-funk and Fote’s dark, industrial groove, Critical Mass presents a snapshot of an international underground enthralled with the possibility of the new.
“This compilation was put together through records I was enjoying at that time - loose chips, fragmented discoveries, random punts and the true excitement from that hit of “What the fuck is that?!”
It is an exercise in the good and the rad - solid jams from all corners of the world.
A veritable platter to switch on the uninitiated or those who hear and feel the truth - it is not an exercise in rarity to make people feel alienated.
I know what I feel and I hear the messages and feel the vibrations in these very songs - as will you if you allow them to”
In a world in search of an instant authentic buzz - this compilation is not a five second internet high. It is alchemy - made out of blood and sweat, and pure knowledge on how to make people move.
Don't you think you are worth it? Let Cherrystones shake your bones.
Monday 25th May
CD / DL / 2xLP
Mastered and Restored:
Vinyl Cut: Dubplates and Mastering
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