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Joey G ii summons the spirits of Burial, LCD Soundsystem and Luomo for his debut album.

Following the success of 2019’s “The Ghost EP”, which garnered praise from the likes of Bradley Zero, Resident Advisor and DJ Python, is “Pub Talk” - the debut LP from London bred and Queens based Joey G ii. Written over the course of five years, “Pub Talk” centers on Joe reliving the genuinely enlightening nights of his youth in late noughties South London, peppered with the pseudo-philosophical banter typical of a dwindling night out. Over the course of nine tracks, Joe attempts to unlearn all the ways in which those nights taught him to be a man.

Twelve years into his career as a musician, Joey G ii counts Tim Goldsworthy, Dave Okumu, & Mick Jones among his supporters and collaborators. Combining all his honed skills as a guitarist, producer, singer, engineer & composer, “Pub Talk” relishes in housey bass riffs, modulating chord progressions, anthemic vocals and Prince-inspired guitar. Conjuring moments of upbeat DFA-esque house, melodic UKG, and introspective experimental pop, the album features Orphan co-founder Klein Zage as well as extra production credits from London based Reckonwrong.

Subverting patriarchal trends, spoonfed to his generation by their fathers, and their fathers before them, Joey G ii grapples with what it means to be a modern man. Searching for a new way to express his masculinity, he ruminates on the “Pub Talk” of his youth.


Twenty years ago, somewhere in Scotland, an album that was the missing link between The Black Dog, Chain Reaction and Irdial was released by an enigmatic Glasgow producer called Pub, on his equally mysterious label Ampoule.

The album ‘Do You Ever Regret Pantomime?’ (2000) has become the stuff of local folklore, a key work in the UK’s rich history of IDM and ambient, and one of the most celebrated albums of the early noughties. Bizarrely, it even infiltrated the Billboard Top 100.

‘Do You Ever Regret Pantomime?’ is also very much a key statement from a producer who has chosen to stay in their own space, where everyone is welcome. Records like these are about losing yourself in the sound and creating your own universe to explore.

Over the record's 70 minutes or so you’re instantly wrapped in a deep matrix of spacious chords, abstract textures and gently shifting rhythms.

The 2020 reissue has been re-mastered and cut at Berlin’s Dubplates & Mastering, pressed as a 2x12” and features new artwork and a bonus track.

This release also heralds the return of Ampoule, the Glasgow label which released music from the likes of Lucky & Easy, Omens Jot and Moped Endo among others. Forthcoming releases will be a mixture of new music and re-issues from the archives.



STAFF COMMENTS

says: Beautiful, floating, mellow, elctronic music by the former Vertical Form artist on Scotland's Ampoule outfit. Words cannot describe completely how this album feels, but it's somewhere between Boards Of Canada, Bola and a fortnight in Iceland.


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