While I'm in my ambient dance trip hop mood, here's a truly beautiful set by British DJ Throwing Snow (Ross Tones) on video Live in the Boiler Room in London (courtesy of YouTube).
Tones is fascinating to watch as he works with a quiet concentration on the wholly original, fabulously bassy and enveloping sounds that he creates with a mix of samples, tracks, keyboards and iPad.
He's one of the few DJs I've seen who doesn't use headphones, and whose focus on his work is such that he creates an almost tangible private space around him.
His music combines elements of two of my all time favorite artists, DJ Shadow and DJ Cam, with its mellow, dancey beats, intriguing ambient samples and totally seductive bass lines.
|Throwing Snow from his Facebook page.|
Born in Bristol (the city that produced Massive Attack, Tricky, Portishead and Roni Size to name a few), Tones is also one half of the duo, Snow Ghosts, featuring singer Augustus Ghost (Hannah Cartwright) - who performs at the end of Snow's set Live in the Boiler Room (video above).
Snow Ghosts' debut album, A Small Murmuration, was released earlier this year and can be streamed on SoundCloud and purchased from iTunes. The song Ghost performs in the Boiler Room set is Murder Cries (below).
There's also a hugely powerful track from Throwing Snow in the Maribou State Boiler Room video (see my earlier post). It's called Lingerwell, and its irresistible dance beat appeals just as much to our young children as to me. Check it out: