Days And Nights At The Takeaway 12: December

So the last one in our series, ‘Dream Nails’, was recorded with the master of sound, Brian Eno. It’s a song about the area Seb lives in. It also features Underworld‘s Karl Hyde and Seb singing. 
“The song started as an improvisation guided by Brian,” says Seb. “Seeing Brian playing the bass and keyboard in this little space and having to press the record button on my computer himself made me feel first embarrassed, but also amazed at his humbleness. For me, this kind of openness is part of what makes him such a continuously inspired creator.”

“I loved having Karl play on the track too, he plays so beautifully and sensitively. I didn’t even know he played guitar! To have both these incredible musicians give their time to make music with me in my place was really very special for me.”

Polar Bear’s Tom Herbert supplies the final remix of the series. This single, the second 6 month round up bundle and the previous 11 singles are all available on our bandcamp.

 

Days And Nights At The Takeaway 11: November

We’ve reached the penultimate single in the Takeaway series (already!) and this month Seb has recruited South African vocalist and producer Spoek Mathambo and London-based singer Jaelee Small.

Seb initially approached Jaelee to collaborate on a track but after an encounter on the Africa Express his plans changed dramatically…

Seb explains, “In September I had an amazing experience on the Africa Express train. Ninety musicians from Africa, America and Europe travelled around the country doing concerts and pop up gigs along the way. There was a carriage on the train where we could all jam and work on music we would then play in the concerts. I met Nthato [Spoek’s real name] on the train and it felt like we really connected. I loved playing with him so I asked if he’d like to do a Takeaway single with me. I played him the track I’d made with Jaelee and he asked me to send it to him. He recorded all the vocals in South Africa and I put the track together back in the studio in London, getting his thoughts along the way.”

Spoek’s recollections are similarly positive: “Seb is one of my favourite musicians I’ve had the pleasure to perform with, rich with intuition and passion. When he told me he also made hip-hop beats I was quite surprised and intrigued – curious to know how he applied his adventurous spirit to a form that has become staid and pretty redundant. I’m excited by the outcome. I think his sense of rhythm pushed me as an MC – pushed me far enough to dream of not being one, but instead as another instrument riding Seb’s magic carpet of funk.”

 

Remixer San Gabriel is Los Angeles psychonaut Butchy Fuego (ex-Pit er Pat member who has also worked with Boredoms, M.I.A. and Neutral Milk Hotel). Here he delivers a characteristically dayglo remix of the track that relocates it firmly on the dancefloor.

Remember, you can catch up on the previous ten singles on our bandcamp page… and keep your eyes on our twitter and facebook for very exciting news about next month’s single!

 

Days And Nights At The Takeaway 10: October

The October entry in Sebastian Rochford’s audio diary sees him collaborate with celebrated British cellist Oliver Coates. All the sounds on their brooding, cinematic track, ‘The Boat Sails To A Blind Horizon’, come from the cello or Coates’ voice, speaking about the past into the microphone.

The result is eerie and dislocated as explained by Coates, “A voyage to uncharted Scottish isles, a kind of transplanted Heart of Darkness, arose from a geometry that Seb and I agreed on. It was a form we both obeyed, almost a third person in the room. As a by-product, this strong shape changed our attitude towards the sound itself.”

Leeds-based Chris Sharkey, best known as the guitarist of trioVD and Acoustic Ladyland (of which he was a member with Seb), completes the package with a hypnotic remix that subtly draws out new aspects of the original.

You can listen and purchase October’s single, plus the previous nine, on our Bandcamp page.

 

Days And Nights At The Takeaway 9: September

September marks the three-quarter point in The Takeaway project. This month sees Seb collaborating with Babyshambles bassist and backing vocalist, Drew McConnell to produce not one single but two.

This isn’t the first time they’ve worked together, having previously worked under the Helsinki Collective banner. “Drew had mentioned he wanted to do something out of his usual sound world,” says Seb, “So it felt like a natural thing to explore this for the Takeaway.”

Breaking away from the usual single and remix format, Drew and Seb created a double header with two contrasting singles ‘Joy in the Morning’ and ‘Mostly Harmless’.

“The day passed amidst tea, cigarettes and laughter, peppered with conversations of doubt and hope,” says McConnell of the experience. “Throughout which, expertly, almost subversively, Seb extracts the stuff of two songs. I barely noticed.”

You can purchase and listen to all nine Takeaway singles on our Bandcamp page.

Days And Nights At The Takeaway 8: August

For the 8th instalment of our project Seb collaborates with good friend and ex-Menlo Park bandmate Chris Taylor.

“Seb and I have in some sense grown up in music together”, says Chris. “We found each other in the dingy upstairs of an East End bar and formed what would become Menlo Park together. We worked very closely for the next eight years. When I say closely, I once awoke on some low budget tour to find myself being lovingly embraced by Seb in a fashion best described, I suppose, as spooning. I debated whether to wake him up to let him know I wasn’t the girlfriend he was muttering about but I thought against it and decided that, if you can’t spoon with your drummer, what kind of band are you?”

For this months track ‘Seven Sisters’, Chris contributes piano and vocals, crediting Seb for “capturing the subtle energy and flavours” of their composition, which he regards as “dirty, messy, unkempt, mean-spirited, but loveable, badass, genre nonspecific”.

The remix this time round comes from another former Menlo-Park member, Chris’ business partner John Greswell.

You can also listen to and purchase the single over on our Bandcamp, and catch up on all of the previous Takeaways. Remember we’ve also added an exclusive 6 month bundle featuring all 12 tracks from Jan-June at a discounted price, check it out here.

Days And Nights At The Takeaway 7: July

Our July edition of Days And Nights At The Takeaway, which is on sale today, sees Seb collaborate with American jazz pianist Jason Moran.

The track ‘Years’ takes a slightly different approach to the previous releases of the series, with Seb layering drums over an improvisation Moran sent him.

“I was blown away by the music” Seb says, “and felt a little intimidated by it. I decided to not listen to it again until I threw myself in and improvised live drum takes and live iPad and synth figures, and took it from there.”

Moran’s ‘Improvisation’ can also be heard in its original form on the second track.

“This improvisation was taken from a solo concert in northern Italy,” says Jason. “Midway through my performance I realised, I owe Seb some music! So, this piece arose out of the many conversations Seb and I have had about sound. I thought the flurry of glissandos would pique his interest. I love the outcome.”

“I felt the original piece Jason sent was so incredible that I wanted other people to hear it,” adds Seb.

Check out our Bandcamp to stream or purchase the tracks and catch up on the rest of the series. Remember we’ve just added an exclusive 6 month bundle featuring all 12 tracks from Jan-June at a discounted price, check it out here.

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 6: June

The halfway milestone in our year-long project, Days And Nights At The Takeaway, is reached with this epic, slowly unravelling piece recorded with acclaimed British Bengali sarod player Soumik Datta (the sarod is a smaller, more portable version of the sitar).

‘In Slow City’ is based on a raag called ‘Nat Bhairav’,” says Seb. “For this one I wanted to try something that was more of a live performance. I wanted to keep the piece close to how we played it, in the way it slowly grew, which is why it’s around fifteen minutes long.”

‘In Slow City’ has also been reworked by Seb’s Acoustic Ladyland bandmate, bassist Ruth Goller, who has transformed the original into a charmingly peculiar Syd Barrett-like song.

“I had a feeling Ruth would make something I would never ever expect,” says Seb, “And I absolutely adore what she did.”

Head over to our bandcamp now to listen and purchase the single as well as catch up on all the previous singles.

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 5: May

As Days and Nights at the Takeaway enters its fifth month, we bring you a fabulous collaboration between Seb and Alice Grant. This isn’t the first time the pair have worked together however, having performed in Fulborn Teversham and Acoustic Ladyland.

“Working with Seb on Rini Gave Word was a special day,” says Alice of the recording, “It’s always a joy to work with Seb. It’s been a while since we’ve played together and it was so much fun and really inspiring, as always. I brought along the bare bones of a song I’ve been working on and he took the music in a completely different direction than I would have if I’d finished it on my own.”

Rini Gave Word‘, which is released today, takes a seed of cosmic folk and plants it in a bed of languid lo-fi electronics and percussion and features Alice on drums.

Seb explains “When we got the arrangement down I asked Alice to record some drums on it to which her reply was “but i dont play drums”. For me though, I had a feeling she would play something I would never think of, that would give the song a different feel and I loved what she did. Hearing people playing drums that don’t normally play has always been an inspiration to me and something that I also love about the instrument, the way that it can be so friendly in its first approach”

The bonus remix this month is by the uncategorisable and unique British musician and composer Simon Bookish, and it’s a winner.

Visit our Bandcamp to listen and buy the single now, and catch up on all the previous releases which include collaborations with Jehst, Gina Loring, Micachu and LV among others.

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 4: April

Top UK MC Jehst is the latest co-conspirator for April’s edition of Days And Nights At The Takeaway, which is released today.

“Jehst is an amazing and unique MC – his lyrics are so imaginative, honest, fearless, playful and evocative, and delivered so you can hear every word,” says Seb. “The idea of this tune was to do something with him that was more primal and with no loops in it. I wanted all the elements to be live. I improvised the backing track imagining I was playing a song and thinking of the drums as the melody.”

Seb sent the track, Seven Nine Zulu, to Jehst, who finished the vocals in The Takeaway a week later.

“When I heard the beat it just put me in mind of classic B-Boy breaks, that ESG, Wildstyle soundtrack type of sound. Late ‘70s Bronx shit,” explains Jehst. “That definitely influenced some of the references in the rhymes and the title in particular which is a nod to the Zulu Nation and growing up on how that New York hip hop sound and culture developed, through the Cold Chillin’ years and all that. In my mind I could just hear that Kane, Rakim type of composed, serious flow, kinda how Black Thought from The Roots rhymes.”

Accompanying the track is a brilliant remix from percussionist Tom Skinner under his Hello Skinny guise. “Listening to anything tom does always inspires me and also humbles me as a drummer.”

You can listen to the tracks below and download them from our Bandcamp page.

 

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Days And Nights At The Takeaway 3: March

The next single from Days And Nights At The Takeaway, Sugah Sweet, is a collaboration between Seb and shadowy dubstep types LV (who also remixed the first release in the series), creating a bubbling hybrid of electronics, cut-up vocals and live drums.

“It was really amazing watching Si and Wil play together,” says Seb, “They’re so in tune with each other, it’s beautiful to see. Doing stuff with LV suddenly made me realise how much inspiration I’m getting doing these tracks with everyone, and how getting to know people by making music with them means that your instinct and trust become the most important parts of the creation.”

The remix this time is by the multi-talented Micachu, under her M.A.T.H.E.S. moniker

“Mica is for me a very special person – her music always inspires and moves me,” says Seb. “Her creativity constantly changes the way I feel about what music can be, and everything she creates is always so uniquely hers. I love what she created from our track.”

You can listen to the tracks below and download them now from our Bandcamp page.

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