Part of Friday TonicFriday 5 October 2012
Already making radio waves from Gilles Peterson on Radio 1 to Radio 3's 'Late Junction', Lund Quartet are taking their sound to a wider world of jazz, hip hop and electronica.
Five years in the making, the Bristol-based band's unique approach to music blends the space of the Scandinavian Jazz scene with the creative opportunities of subtle turntablism.
These highly skilled players seek a careful balance between precision and improvisation, combining the power of a jazz piano trio with the solo recordings of specially recorded performances of local musicians, both straight and scratched.
Lund Quartet consists of the self-taught Simon Adcock on piano and theremin, hip hop producer Jake Wittlin on turntable, and the dub, ska and drum 'n' bass influenced Rob Childs and Sam Muscat on double bass and drums.
At ease with technology, their compositions often form around the recording of a hypnotic groove, then inviting someone to play over it. This is then chopped up, sampled and replayed through the turntable.
Check out a filmed live version of 'Sequoia' on YouTube to see this almost effortless process at work. A rhythmic pulse of the double bass. A train-track drum pattern and an emotional sweep of piano keys. Then along come the gloriously plaintive Afro horns, distorted and scratched.
'If this is jazz, it's de-cluttered, minimal and atmospheric, with an Enoesque approach to melody.' Clive Bell, The Wire