Nothing sums up the work of The Cyclist fairly just like the title of his most up-to-date EP. ‘Boards of Chicago’ was launched through Italian label Tropical Animals in September 2018 and, so far as titles go, it’s an ideal encapsulation of the Northern Irish artist’s distinct method to manufacturing.
Distorted, fragile and heat melodic atmospheres course by means of his EPs and LPs on labels like Hypercolour, All City, 100% Silk, Leaving Records and his personal Tape Throb Records, invoking the unmistakable and cinematic atmospheres of Boards of Canada. Unlike the Scottish duo, nevertheless – whose sound has been characterised by its mournful, downtempo atmosphere – The Cyclist elevates that tape-based sound with heady home beats, analog grooves and a stable dancefloor focus. The sound has seen the DJ/producer – actual title Andrew Morrison – change into celebrated in discerning circles the world over, his gritty, unpredictable and absorbing membership sounds standing some appreciable distance away from its trendier cousin, lo-fi home.
Unlike the polarising and inherently uncooked formulation that noticed lo-fi home change into the unwieldy and prolific factor it did, Morrison’s sound is something however easy. Born from years of mucking round with low cost analog equipment and a Four-track tape deck, The Cyclist – who additionally produces heavier membership cuts below the Buz Ludhza moniker – makes no technical concessions and, as an alternative, presents a posh but irresistible palette. One want solely hear the engulfing bass of 2014’s ‘Flourish’ or the psychedelic and propulsive title monitor from his Hypercolour LP ‘Sapa Inca Delirium’ to get a way of it.
A prolific producer, Morrison managed to launch two gorgeous EPs final 12 months within the type of ‘Boards of Chicago’ and 100% Silk’s ‘Beat At The Heart Of The City’, all of the whereas learning to finish an MA within the University of Birmingham and dealing in most cancers analysis.
As 2019 opens up for The Cyclist, we caught up with him to debate his subsequent plan of motion, his love of tape, early industrial influences and extra. He’s additionally served up a 60-minute mixture of gritty disco, rusted breakbeats and home as a part of our Podcast sequence, which you'll be able to sink your tooth into beneath.