There’s no rest for psytrance producers Kieron Grieve and Carl Sharples; two albums, a record label launch, and an outdoor festival – all in one weekend.
Kieron Grieve is staggeringly tall. So much so, that the espresso cup in his hand looks comical, like a giant at a children’s tea party. We’re chatting at Obz Café in Observatory, Cape Town; an inner city suburb populated with punks, hippies and students (astutely etched onto the front door is a sign saying ‘no bare feet’).
He’s known as Rubix Qube as well as Biorhythm in the psy world; the latter a collaboration with Carl Sharples of dark psy project, Luna.
‘The Village presents Spiritual Synaesthesia’ (April 20 – 22) is the launch party for the duo’s first hardcopy album, Divine Geometry, and is also the launch of the newly founded Village Records, which is behind the release itself. Carl was meant to join us today, but instead he’s knee deep in lumo helping set up the party.
“I’ve been here for the last two weeks, 18 hours a day, just blasting,” he tells me later over the phone. Carl is one of the four founders of the brand. The Village throws two events per summer season, and has grown in numbers and support. “It catches you off guard. You never know how many people are going to come, and the numbers can sometimes really surprise you! With Village Records we’re taking the music into our own hands. It’s a platform we can use to get the music out there.”
Divine Geometry was written last winter. Inspired by the group’s gigs in Portugal, and more generally what ‘sounds kiff’ on the dance floor. Kieron describes it as ‘twilight music’ (not the vampire kind…). “It’s aggressive, percussion driven, yet melodic with loads of energy.”
“We work well together creatively. I use Biorhythm as an excuse to do something I wouldn’t do in a solo project. I can be more flamboyant, and get away with it.”
The two met while studying sound engineering and both are classically trained musicians; Kieron on guitar, Carl on drums. So, between them there’s loads of musical pedigree. “Carl used to come to class in his pyjamas, while I was there in my collared shirt,” Kieron laughs wryly. “We quickly became friends, and started Biorhythm.”
Also being released at The Village is Rubix Qube’s first hardcopy album, Dark Continent. Comprised of eight tracks, six of which will be completely new. There’s a ninth too; a mix of seven tracks in ten minutes.
“I’m into the comical side of death, like the movie The Nightmare Before Christmas, or The Mighty Boosh,” he says.“The album is loosely based on that concept, that, and machines…”
Luna will soon have a release too. Carl, a recognisable face behind the decks (he has dreadlocks as long as Kieron is tall), is set to release an EP early next season. “Luna’s sound is more relaxed than Biorhythm, which can be quite manic,” he says.“It’s chilled night-time stuff without the noise.”
Carl certainly has his head in the interstellar clouds. “I’m inspired by the stars and the universe,” he explains when I ask about the name Luna.“I love the mythical nature of it.”
And Rubix Qube? “I only thought about it afterwards,” says Kieron a touch sheepishly. “The challenge of a Rubix Cube is completing the process, and once it’s done, it just sits on a shelf. My music is like that progression, never completed, always changing.”
Kieron has a third project, Jam Jarr [featured in IDM Nov/Dec ‘11]. It’s a glitch-hop rap group that sees him behind the beats as Soundproof and Paul Stubbs aka Bakaman as the MC/ rapper.
“Our first track we called Lasers and Vaginas,” he says laughing.
To get your paws on both Divine Geometry and Dark Continent email: email@example.com.
The online versions will be released in conjunction with Spectral Records from Portugal on 7 May.
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