Beatrice Dillon is one of British electronic music’s most exciting emerging talents. Today, marking the release of her incredible new LP ‘Workaround’, get to know her work before she brings her masterful live show to the Saturday of Rewire 2020. Stream ‘Workaround’ in full below.
Released via taste-making Berlin-based label PAN, ‘Workaround’ combines her love of UK club music’s syncopated suss and Afro-Caribbean influences with a gamely experimental approach to modern composition and stylistic fusion, using inventive sampling and luminous mixing techniques adapted from modern pop to express fresh ideas about groove-driven music and perpetuate its form with timeless, future-proofed clarity. She mixes meticulous FM synthesis and harmonics with crisply edited acoustic samples from a wide range of guests including UK Bhangra pioneer Kuljit Bhamra (tabla); Pharoah Sanders Band’s Jonny Lam (pedal steel guitar); techno innovators Laurel Halo (synth/vocal) and Batu (samples); Senegalese Griot Kadialy Kouyaté (Kora), Hemlock’s Untold and new music specialist Lucy Railton (cello); amongst others.
Dillon was interviewed by Chal Ravens for The Guardian in December, where she discussed the inspiration for her debut, her dual-education at the Chelsea College of Art and record stores in Soho like Sounds of the Universe and Rat Records- the latter of which she emphasises the importance of- “There’d be nobody in there 90% of the time, so you’d just listen to everything because there’s nothing to do. Then you suddenly realise: ‘Oh, I know everything about Stevie Wonder.’ Which is a complete pleasure, a good use of time I think.”
She went into more detail about the sonic world of ‘Workaround’ in a recent piece by DJ Mag. “The spaces I make in music are thinking about how to sort of sneak ideas in. That’s why I think pop music might be one of the greatest art forms of the human race, because it hits you first, then you’re like, ‘wow, that’s really clever’.”
Beatrice Dillon joins us on Saturday 4th April at Rewire 2020 for a new live performance.