Label-heads K-LONE and Facta have been on the radar for a solid number of years, tearing up sound systems all over the UK and beyond. Both London-born and exploring the scene together, these artists have resided for a number of years in Bristol and Leeds, gripping the appetites of listeners from all territories. You might predominantly know them for their hefty bottom frequencies, dubstep-rooted, optimised grooves… you may also know them for their primitive, percussive and stellar productions. It is safe to say they have firmly found their slot in the UK scene with every release of their label adding a new dimension to the creativity they have already shown.
Now currently based in London and Brighton, these diligent artists show no sign of letting up. Facta’s latest solo output EP ‘Scales + Measures’ contains three perfectly guided, broken beat and melodic rhythms after a long-awaited return to Wisdom Teeth. Multi-use and versatile, he leaves us craving the next hybrid EP. Next, we were graced with the ritualistic trips on K-LONE’s ‘Cape Cira’ album which received a great deal of praise from audiences from all genres and utterly deserved. Us at Phonica were overwhelmed with this release and can’t quite get enough of it – definitely one of the best of the year! The artistry only heightens as The Falls EP follows on, replicating the ‘Cape Cira’ mood with three hidden tracks from the album sessions and Facta offering his interpretation as well. All Bandcamp proceeds of this EP go to the Amos Bursary.
With devout listeners in the thousands, its obvious the left-field imprint currently have us in their grasp. Next up we have a new face to the already credible catalogue: Shielding. The Swedish producer offers six sprawling tracks, evoking similar Wisdom Teeth tones with an entrancing and hazy approach. The extended EP involves downtempo grooves, polyrhythmic drum programming and elevating loops. This notable shift from dancefloor weight to mesmerising ambience only motivated us to catch up with the label bosses Oscar and Joe and their upcoming plans.
We are witnessing a serious amount of creative, ambient electronica at the minute – Cape Cira is a perfect example! How does the new Shielding release amplify the current focus of the label?
Oscar: I wouldn’t say the label is consciously moving towards being an ambient or downtempo label or anything like that, although the Shielding record does follow nicely on from Joe’s LP in that respect. Both those projects have actually been in the works for a few years, whereas a lot of the records we put out last year were much more dancefloor and were actually more recent signings. Lockdown coincided well with Cape Cira and the Shielding record, but that was just down to chance. It’s all likely to be a bit all over the place, but we think there’s a common thread that runs through it all, so try not to overthink it too much.
What do you look for in a record that makes it Wisdom Teeth worthy?
Oscar: We love good hooks. Even if the tune is quite weird or very sparse, it has to have a bit of a riff. Tracks that are odd and challenging but also moreish and enjoyable to listen to. Aside from that, we love bleeps n bloops, clicks n cuts, nice snares, nice chords. I’d say we both have a slight bent towards clean digital sounding tracks rather than super wet reverby and distorted tracks.
Joe: Yeah I find one of the things for me at the moment is the balancing act between something sounding too cheesy or too cold and mechanical, and I’d like to think we try to sit somewhere in the middle? Also, bleeps n bloops, lots of those.
What have we got to look forward to in future releases?
Oscar: More EPs and another LP too. Some from existing label artists, plus some new signings.
Outside of your home city, where is your favourite place to play in the UK?
Oscar: Well now that I live in London I can say Bristol I think? Or if not, Manchester.
Joe: Yeah I absolutely love playing in Bristol, always feels a bit like coming home even though I’ve never actually lived there.
Oscar: Mexico City so I could get a very lovely taco afterwards. Or maybe just Cosies in Bristol.
Joe: If a bit of time travel was also possible, Plastic People before it had the redo would be dreamy, a lot of my early club memories were heading to FWD with Oscar after school each Thursday.
Thanks, Oscar, thanks, Joe!
K-Lone’s ‘Cape Circa’ LP is getting a special yellow vinyl repress soon. Grab your copy here.