Hector burst onto the scene in 2014 with an appearance on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Brownswood Bubblers” Vol 11, alongside beatsmith Al Dobson Jr, jazz luminaries GoGo Penguin, and the ever soulful Moonchild. He went on to win the PRS Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award, firmly cementing himself on the ‘ones to watch’ list.
We started bumping into Hector around Crystal Palace, and he presented himself as a deeply humble man, quiet and introspective - and with a killer selection of vinyl, but it took a support slot at Soho’s Sounds Of the Universe (supporting fellow producer and long term friend Wu-Lu) to really turn our heads.
Hector’s beats are constructed like small sculptures, each one with its own influences and palette, but all with a very signature sound.
Eastern System is a real beat workout, with traces of Asia in its melodies, Africa in its rhythms and a stunning choral arrangement. This, layered with a charming and somewhat nostalgic main vocal, eventually turns into a hypnotic chant towards the close. A beautifully subdued track that still manages to deliver powerfully on the dancefloor.
Flip the disc and you meet ‘Kalimba’, another pulsing beat that’ll have you hooked right from the start. Frantic percussion and a wonky Kalimba drive this track along, pushing you into the middle section where it breaks down to drums and synths, transforming what was previously acoustic into electronic, pushing the track directly into 2016.
You can catch Hector around London, playing records and playing live. He has a regular show on NTS Radio – 92 Points – and also runs his event ‘Crates’ Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton. He is part of this years EFG London Jazz Festival, performing at The Forge in Camden on the 11th November.
We are also excited to announce that Hector will be releasing an album with us early 2017. Stay tuned!
(added: 2016-12-29 16:05:50 )