Livity Sound takeover. The Bristol-based trio of Tom Ford (Peverelist), Joe Cowton (Kowton) and Craig Stennett (Asusu) are Livity Sound. Tonight features a rare home town LIVE Livity Sound set plus DJ sets from all 3 members.
No gimmicks, just glyphs and quality underground dance music. In synch with the release of their compilation Livity Sound in October, this show is part of a highly anticipated set of moves by the trio. Livity Sound take things at their own pace but don’t rest up. Qu and Idle Hands put on their Take 5 debut show less than 2 years ago, and here they come with a double CD that doesn’t fail to funktion as a here/now + future/past document of this collective’s crucial dancefloor relevance. Tonight will capture the raw essence of the trio as they drop trks that touch base with fused, elemental grace. Feel the hypnotic modulating techno, the taut dread-infused polyrythmic builders and the 21st century urban, shimmering synths, as well as some house-styled oiled works of heart ‘n’ soul and machine ‘n’ voodoo funky.
The comp has all six of the limited Livity Sound 12″s released to date alongside Pev & Kowton’s Raw Code and Junked. Since late 2010 their Livity Sound label has released a series of vital 12″s by all three producers. Low-key, hand-stamped white labels, with tracks cut loud for optimal sound system use, they contain some of the most exciting and visceral UK dance music of recent years – placing Pev’s exquisitely balanced rhythm science alongside Kowton’s grime-infused techno and Asusu’s atmospheric, percussive club tracks. Hear this loud and direct tonight.
The seeds of Livity Sound were planted in 2009 and 2010 as the dubstep community, both in Bristol and further afield, began to splinter. Ford had been an active member of the scene in Bristol for several years, running the Punch Drunk label and making his own music. Drawing from his own inspirations of jungle, dub and techno, his 12″ releases and Jarvik Mindstate album radically reimagined dubstep’s sparse rhythmic template as intensely psychoactive, rolling grooves.
But as the mainstream side of the genre evolved into big-room rave music and pulled away from its sound system origins, Ford began to actively explore new territory, working at slower tempos while keeping the essence of his approach intact. Livity Sound emerged from the desire to define this newer music as its own independent entity: a raw and exploratory strain of UK techno, rooted in dub methods and sound system culture.
At the same time, Ford started sharing ideas and collaborating in the studio with Cowton, who over the preceding few years had released striking, sub-heavy house tracks via labels such as Idle Hands and [nakedlunch]. These early sessions birthed the first Livity Sound 12″, which contained two versions of the stark and sci-fi tinged cut Beneath Radar. Stennett, who had recently moved to Bristol, contributed the second Livity Sound 12″, Sister. Recognising that they shared a common vision, the trio assembled a live hardware set-up, which uses improvisation and dub effects to meld their music together into a thrillingly raw, unbroken whole.
Occupying the territory at which all three members’ distinct approaches interact, Livity Sound plots a thrilling co-ordinate in the ongoing dialogue between UK dance music and sound system culture.