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Guy Andrews

Guy Andrews is a British electronic music producer known for creating beautifully intense, sparse, and textural electronic music that spans a number of genres. While his earliest singles and EPs under his own name contain moody, club-focused combinations of techno and garage, full-lengths such as 2017's Tåke are ambitious combinations of post-rock guitars, neo-classical strings, ambient atmospherics, and sophisticated yet driving dance beats. Hailing from Brighton, U.K., Andrews grew up listening to a diverse array of music. Eventually working on his own tracks, he moved between a number of aliases to represent his music. Under the moniker iambic, he put out several albums and EPs between 2007 and 2010 that fused swirling ambient textures with elements of jazz, post-rock, and IDM. Beginning in 2011, he released more beat-driven material under his own name. The "Shades"/"Textures" 12", issued by Hemlock Recordings, showcased a whole new sound for the young producer, and differed from his earlier recordings, which were largely focused on ethereal soundscapes. His new approach to electronic music garnered even more widespread attention, due to his penchant for intricate beats, varied percussion, and exquisite synth work. Further EPs appeared on labels like Discobelle and Hotflush. Andrews then got to work on a more expansive release. Ultimately deciding that he needed to start over again and completely reinvent his sound, his first step was to wipe the slate clean and begin with a brand-new bag of tricks, deleting all of his old synth patches and plug-ins. Collecting ideas and sounds over the course of two years, he eventually released his debut full-length, Our Spaces, on esteemed London label Houndstooth in early 2016. Composed of aggressive, organic, and electronic percussion, fuzzy synth leads, and post-rock-driven guitar, the record was acclaimed for its textures, distinct and authentic compositions, and broad soundscapes. He went on to collaborate with Berlin-based musician Masayoshi Fujita on an improvised live performance titled Needle Six, recorded at the BBC’s Maida Vale studios. Andrews spent the rest of 2016 promoting Our Spaces with a number of live shows, and issued a remix EP titled Our Spaces: Reworks, which featured more directly dance-oriented reinterpretations of the Our Spaces tracks. His second full-length, Tåke, appeared in 2017. Written after Andrews made an inspiring trip to Norway, the album contained two songs featuring German-Turkish singer/songwriter Alev Lenz. The brief remix EP Tåke Reinterpretations followed in 2018. Andrews returned in 2020 with his third full-length, Permanence, an autobiographical, stream-of-consciousness record designed as a continuous listening experience. He also issued an ambient counterpart to the album, titled [MT][NT][ET].
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