“Billiant, brilliant.” Gilles Peterson
“Polished exploration of Afrobeat, eastern psyche, hip hop and spiritual jazz.” 8/10, DJ Mag
Albert’s Favourites are proud to present Hector Plimmer for the labels third release.
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.
Africa In Its Rhythms
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.
Acoustic Into Electronic
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!
“Very, very good.” Gilles Peterson
“Gorgeous, hypnotic.” Dom Servini
“A subtly infectious little cracker.” The Monitors
“Yoink! Having that. Gonna give that another spin.” Lauren Laverne
Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK
Nemone, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK
Tom Ravenscroft, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK
Huey Morgan, BBC Radio 6 Music, UK – Beat Of The Week
Dom Servini, Amazing Radio, UK
Andrew Jervis, Bandcamp Weekly, US
Lefto, Studio Brussels, Belgium
Born Cheating, Radar Radio, UK
Gilles Peterson, Worldwide FM
Thris Tian, Worldwide FM
Pete OnTheCorner, Worldwide FM
Michael Rütten, Soul Searching, Radio X, Germany
Chris P Cuts, NTS Radio, UK
Phil Levene, Likwid London, UK
Jason Pulaski, KUCI, California, USA
dr Snikkers, 95bFM, Auckland, NZ
Mucho Soul, Likwid London, UK
DJ Mr Lob, Melbourne, Australia
Dobo Marzov, The 45 RPM Show, Bulgaria
“Very, very good.” Gilles Peterson, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Gorgeous, hypnotic.” Dom Servini, Wah Wah 45, Amazing Radio
“Mad skills, great, great record.” Tom Ravenscroft, BBC Radio 6 Music
“Sounds beautiful. Trancey in the right way.” Titeknots
“This is killer!! I love it. Freaky but sweet.” Ross Allen, NTS Radio
“Love it!” Aly Gillani, First Word Records
“Wow, both tracks are just amazing!” Dobo Marzov, The 45 RPM Show, Bulgaria
“Superb stuff!” Michael Rütten, Soul Patrol, Germany
“Hypnotic” John Cush, Shoreditch Radio