Here on FRUK we’ve become known over the years for our eclectic tastes and love of the DIY music scene. Despite that ‘f-word’ prefix we are foremost about good music and this latest video premiere is one we believe deserves to be shouted about. It’s for Never Enough (watch it above), the debut single from Berlin via London producer GRIP TIGHT. It is released tomorrow via FEINT, a DIY electronic label focused on putting control of the music back into the hands of the artists. It was set up by Becky Becky (Gemma L Williams – Woodpecker Wooliams – an artist who has turned us on to a lot of music over the years) and Peter J D Mason (ex-Fence Collective / JØTA / Cloud).
The video, inspired by the Simon Armitage poem ‘To His Lost Lover’, is a collaboration by British artists Rosie Carr, Joanna Harrison and Michael Miles. The song’s narrative takes the listener through one night in two lovers lives, with the protagonist left unsure as to whether it’s a romance that should be pursued.
The download-only single is released alongside a remix by JØTA (producer Peter JD Mason – Becky Becky / Cloud / Ex-Fence Collective).
GRIP TIGHT is the first in a string of new, European artists signed to FEINT in 2016.
Never Enough (single) is available from tomorrow (June 10th) via FEINT who can also be found on Bandcamp: feintrecords.bandcamp.com
The single precedes the debut mini-album of the same name, due on 24th June which is available to pre-order on feintrecords.com on 13th June.
Upcoming Gigs: 23 June – Blondies, London
About GRIP TIGHT
GRIP TIGHT is the electronic project of English producer Benjamin Gregory.
Subtly inspired by Italo-Disco and Chicago House, GRIP TIGHT brings hints of Kraftwerk, Joy Division and Arthur Russell to create darkly atmospheric and captivating pop songs.
The project emerged during the first days of 2015 in an apartment by a canal in Berlin’s Neukölln district, Gregory’s home for almost two years.
‘Never Enough’ sets broken ballads to the cold and robotic beats of 808 drum machines and the oscillations of synthesizers. It’s an album of dualities, adding field recordings (screeching blackbirds, the din-drone of the bars and cafes of Berlin and London) to create a kind of ‘organic white noise’; blending the natural with motorik rhythms of the machine.
‘Never Enough’ was written and recorded across both London and Berlin in various bedrooms and empty spaces, with the vocals captured in the crypt of Kirche Luisenstadt, a Polish Church in the German capital.
“Living in Berlin afforded me the time and space to build a ‘palate of sounds’ before I started to write. It was important to me that the songs had a sense of cohesion through varying changes of mood.The cost of living is so cheap compared to London that your time is more your own. I lived in an area with as many abandoned places to explore as there were late night drinking spots.There were hospitals,theme parks and an old anatomy institute within walking distance of my house where you could just go with a tape recorder. I wanted these songs to capture an essence of where I was when they were created, documenting a period of time in my life”
‘Never Enough’ is released June 24th through FEINT (cd, digital) and Musclemilk (cassette).