Day 7: Mark E & Breach – First Thing

Day 7 of our charity Advent Calendar in aid of The Steve Reid Foundation.

Just a week into our 2016 charity Advent Calendar and we’ve already had some amazing exclusives from Midland, Dark Sky, Max Graef, Glenn Astro and some killer reissues from Athens of the North and Mr Bongo. Ramping up the exclusivity levels even further, we’re pretty chuffed to unveil a new collaboration, between Mark E and Breach aka Ben Westbeech. Like nothing we’re used to from either, but with definite signs of each’s involvement – deep, ambient undertones, brooding and tough – it’s an exciting prospect for future work together.

Some thoughts from Mark: “Ben and I have been talking about making some music together for a while now and I had a few ideas floating about, which Ben has expertly helped bring to a conclusion, and as this had not yet found a home we thought it would be nice to contribute to the calendar.”

Some thoughts from Ben: “Well this was the first tune I worked on when I moved my studio to my house for the summer months. I can remember having the windows wide open and seeing green paraquettes flying down the canal while working on it. So it reminds me of a super nice time from this year. It gives me a nice warm feeling inside when I play it. I was super happy to have eventually make a record with Mark as I’ve always been a big fan of his records.”

Download ‘First Thing’ from our Bandcamp. It’s pay-what-you-like, with all proceeds going to The Steve Reid Foundation, a charity founded by Gilles Peterson that aims to support musicians in dedication to the visionary jazz drummer. 

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