Chekov - Aerated

Following 2017’s well-received Rotlicht EP (PEACH003), Shanti Celeste & Gramrcy are very happy to welcome back Chekov for our first release of 2020. The Aerated EP (PEACH009) collects four tracks built from the heart, made for the head and body. It’s also a very personal record, so for that reason we’re handing the rest of this press release over to Laurence:

“This record captures my attempts to engage more fully with melody. This is something I’ve often overlooked in the past, as both a producer and DJ. Thanks to some gentle (and welcome) nudges from friends and peers, I’ve tried to add splashes of colour and allow myself to embrace emotions beyond pure dread. This isn’t something that comes easily to me yet, as someone socialised ‘male’, so my eternal gratitude goes to those who have lent me their patience and encouragement here! It seems no coincidence that a broader spectrum of emotion has emerged in my work as I have engaged more fully in exploring my gender identity.

The record can also be seen as an extension of my long obsession with dub as an artform and musical philosophy. Though most explicit in ‘SMP’ – inspired by local soundsystems Zulu Swarm and Iration Steppas, and with a dub siren borrowed from Cornerstone Hi-Fi – my production technique generally relies heavily on pushing sound in different directions through the use of effects. The infinite possibilities and joy of unfurling and excavating textures in this way will forever remain an inspiration; the dub virus analogy is no lie…

Written over the course of two years, it’s hard not to reflect upon Aerated as a snapshot of that time, and how it has affected me both as a person and artist. With some distance, I hope I will come to accept and embrace it, flaws and all :)”

Chekov - Aerated

Release Date: 27 March 2020
Format: 12” Vinyl, Digital download & streaming

A1. Blanked Out
A2. Flote
B1. Swerl
Swerl (33’d) [digital only]

Written & produced by Laurence Huntington
Illustration by Shanti Celeste
Design & layout by Gramrcy


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