the latest release on francis harris scissor & thread is another exercise in subtlety and restraint, brought to us by the emerging talents of nadia khan. with little known about the artist, this release lets the sublime music do the talking. title track ‘in gleam is a beautifully evocative drift into ambient textures - rising pads and occasion bass tones combine to set an exquisite scene. ‘local visit is a collaboration with label boss francis harris, and features some of the trademark submerged rhythm and textures the label has become known for, unfolding its deep structures over the course of the track. ‘restless sees label regular alex albrecht aka melquíades (whose previous ep on s&t was received warmly) provide the last bells remix - again muted tones and rhythmic complexity glide under ethereal piano fragments and slowly evolving pad washes. ‘sorting through finds its groove early, a deadened kick unfolds into an urgent percussion creating a thick atmosphere of melancholia. ‘sunburnt rounds out the physical release - ending how it started - with dreamy, smudged tones, and warm pads.
next up on francis harris exceptional imprint scissor & thread comes a collaboration with american producer, dj aakmael. aakmael has built a reputation for some of the deepest, rawest house music sounds coming out of the states, releasing well-received tracks on the likes of freerange records, release sustain, kolour dogmatik and ndatl. returning to scissor & thread, aakmael and label boss harris cook up an intoxicating vibe across this 5 track ep. each shares a track and work together on the fifth, while also remixing each others solo cuts. first up aakmaels deep muzik- a quintessential nod to its self-proclaimed mission statement. skittering drums, a shuffling groove, deep keys, and chords make up this essential opener. franks (aka francis harris) all that light mix shows another side, finding pockets of space and developing the fizzing percussion to produce an equally affecting piece of dancefloor bliss. sharing production duties from the outset on mercy of means, the guys slip into an easy mid-tempo groove with plenty of depth - the rhythm rolls along and offers the perfect basis for some sublime melodic touches. franks part song also hones in on the subtle deep grooves. bumping, slightly filtered and saturated drums provide the main body, with beautiful washes and keys finding their way through, aakmaels remix beefs up the groove somewhat, making the snares snap harder and kick hit a little stronger, but the essence of the tracks melodic atmosphere remains perfectly in place.
scissor and thread is proud to present leland the debut album by francis harris. this long anticipated lp is a requiem to the artists father, released to coincide with the second anniversary of his passing. the album, harris most expansive work to date, features danish vocalist gry on three tracks including lostfound, the first single and video which was remixed by mathew herbert and debuted on pitchfork. also featured throughout are emil abramyan, whose poignant performance on cello evokes comparison to arthur russell, and greg paulus (no regular play/matthew dear band), whose improvisational free jazz inspired trumpet accents converse thoughtfully with harris own tonal melodies performed on piano and guitar. determined to produce electronic music with warmth and true dynamic range, harris recorded and mixed leland at jsm studios on an analog ssl and then enlisted legendary engineer joe lambert to master the project. leland has been featured on pitchfork, magnet, ghetto blaster, aol spinner, urb, mixmag, yourstru.ly, and the village voice, amongst many others. leland will be available in a limited edition triple lp set with free mp3 download!
MINUTES OF SLEEP (2018 REISSUE)(2LP, GATEFOLD+MP3)
2x12" Vinyl +mp3 UK15.06.18
2018 reissue of the classic, now in hq gatefold sleeve! original cover art, carefully remastered 2lp from original tapes + bonus download! following in the wake of *leland* (2012), the critically acclaimed full length debut by label founder francis harris, scissor and thread is proud to announce the release of his anticipated sophomore lp, *minutes of sleep*. the album is a further foray into harris signature blend of house, modern classical, shoe-gaze and noise which is the artists most ambitious and accomplished work to date.
the latest release on francis harris scissor & thread label out of brooklyn is another exercise in deep and meditative atmospheres. the label, comprised of a tight knit collective of multi-faceted composers, vocalists and instrumentalists, always strives to develop new projects based on a shared aesthetic, and this five track ep is both boundary pushing and fully synchronized with the labels approach. with melquiades blue caves melbourne based composer and sound designer alexander albrecht presents his solo debut ep following on from the tidal river album he released as part of the albrecht la’brooy duo. the title track blue caves is a skittering, weightless exploration of space, seemingly built around lush field recordings and fragments of melody developing out of the ether. avlemonas flows from a similar source, but crystallizes around an off kilter rhythm and occasional subby bass, balanced against swooping pads and piano motifs. morning breeze seems to revel in the evocative nature of its title, with hand played percussion backing more wistful, emotive piano sketches and wandering bass notes, before the track settles into a hypnotic groove. label head francis harris provides another take on the track for his re-form version, a more dancefloor aimed excursion that draws deeply from the classic deep house of the new york and detroit masters. ending the relases is patio, which drifts back towards the ambient territories of the opening tracks, with exquisite, understated instrumentation and a melancholic yet elated vibe.
francis harris is a founding member of the scissor & thread label a brooklyn-based imprint established 2011 as an outlet for deeper, more personal sounds, as well as music from a range of associated artists including black light smoke, bob moses, frank & tony, dj aakmael, desert sound colony and aris kindt, to name a few. harris own output has gone from tightly wound tech house cuts as adultnapper in the early days, sublime deep house as frank & tony, intricate and expressive musical journeys as evident in his two solo-albums ‘leland and ‘minutes of sleep, and ambient shoegaze with two aris kindt albums, co-produced with gabe hedrick. most recently harris branched out with a new label kingdoms a home for his love of a more adventurous sound. now we are proud to present his new solo single, the first since the release of ‘minutes of sleep, ‘minor formswhich includes two remarkable remixes by valentino mora. more we cannot do is a perfect example of harris feel for depth and dynamics a track that feels submerged in a warm amniotic fluid cocooning the listener in a thick subby bassline, providing much of the groove, with skittering percussion on top and intricate fragments of melody throughout leading to a wonderful moment with live vibraphone provided by new york player will shore. minor forms, the eps title track is cut from similar cloth emerging from a subtly distant place to inhabit a melancholic, beautifully evocative space somewhere between ambient, jazz and the dancefloor. joining harris is greg paulus on trumpet, a long time friend and collaborator adding his signature touch to an already moving piece.
scissor & thread ramp up the heat with the debut release by virginias deep house don, dj aakmael. known for his infectious grooves and deep and intricate instrumentation for more than two decades, this four track ep is in no short supply of teased out, peak time, classic deep house. the titular track wastes no time on the a-side with its hard hitting kick and springy bass holding court, while a hypnotic serpentine synth snakes along. the a2, what iz deep house, is a lesson for those who dont know what true deep house is. woozy, edgy chords take the spotlight as a dissociated voice slurs, what is deep house? a relentlessly thick kick, along with sharp as razors hi-hats and snaps, throttle the track into peak time territory. on the flip, sands is an aquatic affair, with its reverb laden pads and piano chord stabs submerging the floor in pelagic atmosphere. the persistent, euphoric bassline bump effortlessly slides its hooks into the listeners ears before a celestial piano melody pierces through the depths. frank & tony take things even deeper with their late night breakaway dub, applying their signature bass line touch and hi-hat shuffle in what may be their best remix to date.
vinyl exclusive tracks on their third release of 2016, frank & tony streak back onto the scene with one of their most refined efforts yet, ‘harmonia. toms and effervescent drum patterning gets things started nicely on ep opener, seranade. swirling pads, alongside a driving two-note bass, lay the groundwork before siren-like synths call out as an incorporeal voice beckons, bring me all of your dreams, you dreamers. hardrian takes the tempo down, but ramps up the filth, conjuring dark, basement rave vibes with its propelling bass line and cavernous pads. shuffling hi-hats and billowing synths flitter in and out of focus making this one of the duos most hypnotic and psychedelic affairs to date.
having made his label introduction with his remix of label newcomer villete’s “rillia-, darand land gets to spread out and show off his unique brand of euphoric and uplifting deep house on his debut ep for the label, ‘discover you’. the title track is classic darand land, with bright piano chords, buzzing organs and a thick chicago house bass line. siren-like pads fade in and out from the periphery, as electrifying percussion elements come into play. frank & tony take a turn and apply their signature style onto the former track, adding a chunkier kick with bright as day claps and hi-hats to propel the track through the opalescent haze draped over the melodic elements. on the flip, “marcela’s sense” is a blissed out, head down late night affair. cosmic pads swirl around glistening keys and repressed organ chords, as toms bounce among the steady hi-hat ride, lulling the listener into a state of euphoria. the ep closes out with the atmospheric, peak time detroit house cut, “souls awash-. a serpentine bass line runs the show amidst swelling pads and in-your-face kicks and percussion. as with all of his productions, the track shines in the smaller details that float in and out of focus throughout, lending the track’s weightier elements an even greater sense of gravitas.
frank & tony aka artists formerly known as adultnapper and anthony collins, respectively, are it again on the former s new york based scissor & thread imprint. first up -apprentice- is a well-crafted deep house cut with swirling, captivating pads that build to a climax. lamento with its sexy bassline, playing off the thumping drum programming and yet more swirling pads that they ve proven to do so well. lastly modest season is the sort of smoky, dubby, after hours house that swiss producer agnes was known for similarly, back in the day.
fresh off the heels of the success of their ‘waiting ground’ ep, the boys in black, frank & tony, are skating back onto the scene with another four track summer stomper, ‘under the jaguar sun’. the a-side starts things off with the titular track, a rollicking deep house number primed for sunset raves. a bouncing and lush bass line is the back bone of the track, as crisp hi-hats, distant, yearning pads, and shimmering bells propel dancers forward into eyes closed euphoria. things ramp up quickly into peak-time ecstasy on the breakaway edit of solo andata’s “a ballet of hands.” a whirling dervish of delicate music boxes, bowed guitars, delicate music boxes, and distant horns swirl around and weave in and out between a skipping drum pattern, pushing and pulling alongside a gruff and stuttering bass, perfect for those late night rooftop ventures.
nearly a year after his acclaimed debut ep, every inch of you, a musical project meant as an ode to the memory of a once great man, his grandfather, the enigmatic, rosas nievas, steps up to the plate with a sophomore outing for scissor and thread, going away soon on the a-side, the bombastic opener, wastes no time getting its feet moving with charged up percussion, guitar licks, and playful sampling with a clear ode to the likes of matthew herbert.
the boys are gliding back onto the scene with scissor and threads first release of 2016, waiting ground. the handsome twosome of frankie skates and tony b. real deliver us four prime cuts aimed squarely at the dance floor. the vinyl-exclusive, ebreo, sees the duo flex their afro-rhythmic muscle, placing silky smooth bass over a bed of soft swirling percussion highlighted by a pitched down steel drum. next, an edit first heard on frank & tonys acclaimed resident advisor podcast comes to light. deftly cutting the hushed ambient tones of donato whartons absentia into perfect portions, frank & tony loop brittle bits over a chunky kick and shuffling hi-hat to hypnotic effect. the ep’s title track evokes the sun-kissed euphoria of early hour raves with its lush atmospherics and playfully subdued piano line buoyed by a thick kick and airy pads. finally pavane takes the previous tracks laid back attitude and flips it, adding a thick in-your-face kick and propulsive pads for a foot-stomping, hands in the affair dj weapon.
through dense layers of noise, brittle beats, found sounds and a general haze, francis harris returns to his own scissor and thread imprint, with the aid of frequent collaborator, and longtime friend, guitarist gabe hedrick, under the guise aris kindt. following harris 2014 sophomore solo album, minutes of sleep, (named electronic album of the year by mojo magazine,) the duos quintessential album debut, floods, takes as its focus, the late author w.g. sebalds profound interpretation of rembrandts 1632 master work, the anatomy lesson of dr. nicolaes tulp. pressing on grey marbled vinyl, downloadcode included.
2015 will prove a benchmark year for scissor and thread with the rising momentum of frank & tony and desert sound colony and now with the introduction after many months of work of their new enigmatic artist, rosas nievas, with a sublime debut ep, every inch of you. like a tip of the hat to herbert, the title track entices with easy piano licks, a cooing vocal and a lush atmospheric enveloping the floor in a warm embrace. flipping the switch, the bounce of opinions propels dancers into hands-up, chicago-style elation, while the rollicking, looping closer, hear me rain, entrances with its early morning psychedelia. completing the package is a breakaway edit from label heads, frank & tony, who transform every inch of you into a sun-drenched, euphoric deep house stormer, in a way only they can do.
limited repress without cover artwork.
the second single from francis harris debut full length, leland contains three remixes of pharoah in the morning,one of the highlight tracks on the album featuring the phenomenal vocal talents of danish singer gry who performs here in here native tongue. two entirely distinctive remixes come courtesy of labelmate black light smoke and the other is by nsi., who should need no introduction. pharoah in the morning remixes will be out on limited edition vinyl from scissor and thread soon. look for leland in february 2012.
anthony collins and francis harris keep up the creative pace of their frank & tony project following the recent sprinkles collaboration, and once again a fine selection of tracks from their lp are on offer for deeper, more leftfield kinds of house record bags.love brut is an uneasy burner that uses a minimal amount of elements to create intensity, proving that simplicity is very often the key. the dub mix of resistance is exclusive to the vinyl, and it too keeps a stripped attitude in place with its plain and simple drums peppered with poised melodic content. villa seurat has a fuller range of percussion at work but there are no more fireworks to be found here than there are elsewhere on the ep, appealing to a more subtle kind of taste
at once foreign and familiar, desert sound colony brilliantly scores a nostalgic journey through the proverbial looking glass. the plaintiff vibe of the way i began envelopes the listener in warm guitar licks and hushed vocals, transporting them to a time when innocence and insecurity gave way to transcendence. the road takes a turn with fire egg, a classic stomper that drives introspection with looping guitar melody and bouncy bass. and before we return to size, iris carries us further inward with scattered claps and a skipping kick, before releasing us into a deep and chugging, eyes-wide-shut, euphoric roller.
if vocals of 90s acts like bjork and massive attack, to the choral of female crooners that came out of scandinavia in the 2000s hit a sweet spot, than the voice of gry bagoien will be a welcomed sound. here for scissors & thread, with the help of francis harris and jordan lieb (aka black light smoke), the danish singer debuts on the american label under her own name (rather than using her known gry alias). she delivers a four-track ep of smokey, abstract house music and throughout phantom power bagoien s voice sounds as though it s being projected through an oversized telephone speaker, either in a jazz club next to miles davis, a studio full of deep efdemin arrangements, in the wilderness at a swedish festival or lost in a cosmos of reverb and delay with fever ray.
for some grungy vocal house music with a touch of chicago percussion and a healthy splash of the indie-synth wave that came crashing over electronic music in the late 2000s, scissor & thread s black light smoke might be 2014 s answer to danton eeprom circa 2009. we say danton eeprom, as the voice on the b2, -screws in my head-, has a similar tone and enunciation of the frenchman, or are we getting mixed up with mathew dear? the title-track, -firefly-, brings back memories of azari & iii s debut ep only with druggy vocals coming from what could be the basement of a dfa rave in new york, while -morning comes- borrows some cowbells from the rapture and sultry french inspirations from jane birken. -black bricks- then provides some slo-mo, lo-fi phase filtered house - and one hell of a bassline. alternative electronics for the indie lover
the new single portends the mood of the ensuing album, a further foray into harris signature blend of house, modern classical, shoe-gaze and noise which is the artists most ambitious and accomplished work to date. as the sole dance floor moment on the lp, *you can always leave* picks up where harris cult hit *lostfound* left off, with vocals once again from danish vocalist gry bagien and the heartbreakingly august trumpet of no regular plays greg paulus. the remarkable terre thaemlitz delivers an epic 12 minute remix on the flip under his dj sprinkles guise which is sure to make this 12inch a sought after piece for house music s analog enthusiasts.
the second ep from the canadian-born / brooklyn-based duo that caught fire with the underground hit * hands to hold* sees bob moses continuing down a melodic deep house path paved with sweet melancholic pop vocals.
the dynamic duo of lightbluemover (aka francis harris) and black light smoke are back, releasing a split ep on their home base, scissor and thread. “no cliché / poppa’s bag” follows two strong collaborations the pair released on hfn and poker flat, with the former yielding the dj secret weapon “girn,” and the latter making big noise with “idiot fare.” this latest ep includes the label debut of former beirut member jason poranski whose punchy and irreverent vocal on lightbluemover’s “no cliché” has been a flash point in harris’ sets the world over for the past year. on the flip we get two versions of “poppa’s bag,” from black light smoke which has similarly been featured in his hotly tipped live set. label mate anthony collins adds a dj friendly edit to “no cliché” which is exclusive to the digital edition of the ep
PHAROAH IN THE MORNING REMIXES (LTD VINYL + ARTWORK)
12" Vinyl D11.01.12
the second single from francis harris debut full length, leland contains three remixes of pharoah in the morning,one of the highlight tracks on the album featuring the phenomenal vocal talents of danish singer gry who performs here in here native tongue. two entirely distinctive remixes come courtesy of labelmate black light smoke and the other is by nsi.,who should need no introduction.pharoah in the morning remixes will be out on limited edition vinyl from scissor and thread soon.look for leland in february 2012.
hand stamped and numbered - limited to 300 copies worldwide!
given the challenges of todays music market, its a fairly bold statement for an indie label to come out of the box with not one, but two vinyl only releases by an artist with no profile to speak of, but here black light smoke proves worthy of the faith being placed in him. sat001 switchback/black stripe is all old school drum machines, tape-hiss, heavy footed disco kicks, acid-a-plenty and funk-to-spare, but the tracks transcend the rawness of their roots to achieve a modern, club-ready edge with retro flair.
hand stamped and numbered - limited to 300 copies worldwide!
on sat002 lovework/decisions, black light smoke shows off his pop sensibilities with two sing-a-long summer anthems-in-the-making. lovework is a no-wave-inspired ditty littered with catchy analog synths, an ass-shakin bassline and reverbed claps juxtapozed with a haunting processed vocal from the producer himself that repeats, >you made a mess of my head. now i gotta put it all back together. theres nothing to say, over and over…< which is how this tune will be playing in your head after one listen. on the flip we get a taste of black light smoke in deep house mode with decisions, a lustrous and vibey joint that features a sweeter vocal by suavecito, a new guise of dj/producer and vocalist who is well known by another name. here more analog synths produce wickedly buoyant bass lines and swirling pads that combine with bubbly piano stabs and little vocal sample/edits for what sounds like it could have been a naked music release had the label been operating in 1990.
through dense layers of noise, brittle beats, found sounds and a general haze, francis harris returns to his own scissor and thread imprint, with the aid of frequent collaborator, and longtime friend, guitarist gabe hedrick, under the guise aris kindt. following harris 2014 sophomore solo album, minutes of sleep, (named electronic album of the year by mojo magazine,) the duos quintessential album debut, floods, takes as its focus, the late author w.g. sebalds profound interpretation of rembrandts 1632 master work, the anatomy lesson of dr. nicolaes tulp.