Truly one of the greats of the chill electronic genres. I can listen to this in almost any mood. When I'm happy it puts me on a ride of smooth groovy rhythms to sway my head to. When I'm sad it allows my thoughts to drift and heal in a space of beautiful sounds. Thanks very much for the addition to my LPs it will get played lots.
Matthew Brewer (Frameworks) is on the Loci label along with Emancipator and you can hear the similarities. (I also hear a hint or two of Zero 7.) I can't pick a favorite track - it keeps changing typically based on what I last listened to. Wonderful vocals and warm, engaging instrumentation. Just a fantastic album.
‘Tides’ is the debut album from Manchester-based producer Matt Brewer aka Frameworks. Since the release of his first EP ‘Vanish’ back in 2012, Frameworks has been building a loyal following for his atmospheric and haunting compositions.
‘Tides’ sees him joining the dots between instrumental hip hop heroes Aim and RJD2, the epic soundscapes of Cinematic Orchestra and the deft songwriting of Bonobo.
Previous collaborators Rioghnach Connolly and JP Cooper return for the album with two tracks apiece. Rioghnach gives a captivating vocal performance on lead single ‘Calm The Still Night’ and the brooding ‘Dawn’, whilst JP (recently signed to Island Records) brings raw soul to ‘Old Friend’ and ‘No Place To Hide Away’.
The bedrock of the album is instrumental with Frameworks’ trademark string-laden productions taking in cinematic jazz (‘Patience’), folk (‘End’) and more uptempo fare in the shape of ‘Breathing Light’ and ‘A New Sun’. Tides’ shows just how accomplished Frameworks is as a producer and composer, showing a lightness of touch and genuine song-writing talent that few can emulate.