“A Life of Consummate Ease” – Gripper (ATIC) [ALBUM] April 10, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: A Life of Consummate Ease / ARTIST: Gripper / LABEL: ATIC / RELEASE DATE: 21st July 2008 / CAT NO: ATICCD006P
Gripper spent his younger years playing in garage punk bands, splicing together funk, disco and electro tapes, and listening to pirate soul stations and early New York mix tapes. Throw in long, late night listening sessions with John Peel and The Old Grey Whistle Test as company, and it’s no surprise that he soon embarked on an obsessive mission to collect vinyl from a diverse musical spectrum.
This obsession has led to a long and respected DJ career during which he’s played everywhere from underground parties at Cafe Mambo (Ibiza), Tantra (Miami), Zeytuna Beach (Egypt), Sylvia’s Soul Food (Harlem, NY) and Happiness Stan’s (London) to self promoted clubs in his home town of Barrow-in-Furness, culminating with the legendary “YUMMY” sessions, set up with fellow Barrovian, Andy Turner (aka AIM). “I like to dig things out that may not be getting heard elsewhere. Tracks don’t have to be obvious to rock a floor… The last time I played Friends & Family in Manchester with Aim, I finished the night off with The Buzzcocks’ gem, “Why Can’t I Touch It”. The older heads went crazy, and the DJ box was full of young kids saying ‘WADDAFUCKISSIT??!!’”
Several noteworthy releases on Manchester’s respected Grand Central and Fat City Records followed, alongside other productions for Australia’s Offworld Sounds and the deep house label Upskirt Records, his releases for the latter earning acclaim and support from connoisseurs such as Louie Vega, Kenny Dope and Roger Sanchez. He’s remixed and worked with Aim, KRS-One, Mobb Deep, Victor Simonelli, Shaun Ryder and Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder, and his first solo album provides a further glimpse into his unique and provocative style.
Each track reveals his ability to appropriate and expand on many different musical genres, while at the same time creating an album which works as a fluid, cohesive whole. The lush “Interpreter” – with its rolling percussion, layered flutes and piano – highlights Gripper’s knack for melting chugging rhythms and world flavours into a big, progressive arrangement. Seattle siren and ATIC Records label-mate Niko provides vocals for downtempo crowd pleaser “The Daddy”, while “Zombie”, with it’s Hacienda bass line, muted trombones, fat keys and carefree melodies exposes his passion for real, soulful house music. Title track “A Life Of Consummate Ease” is a relaxed, soothing number with a cheeky, infectious toy synth played over a lush, dream-like piano and flute soundscape. “I Love You” is a gorgeous deep house affair, with gently inquisitive vocals over warm pads and a soft, rolling bassline. Perfect lights down, body moving dance-floor fodder.
A Life Of Consummate Ease reflects Gripper‘s passion for soul-based music from across the alternative spectrum, taking in beats, breaks, hip hop, psych, soul, funk, Latin, electronica, dub and deep house. Relax, enjoy, and get a grip.
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