Modified Man’s sound straddles decades.
By surrounding themselves in tapes, synths, microphones and reverb boxes, they’ve sought not to wallow in nostalgia, but to grab some physical, real energy from solid objects, each with their own personalities, making a declaration about the future. One of physical expression in a digital era.
The first EP from Albert’s Favourites co-founders and synth-production duo Modified Man focused on throwing out heavy editing, recording music with as few processes as possible and grabbing performances as single takes.
Blending warped cassette recordings that touched upon early jazz-funk/brit-funk influences with the energy of broken beat and experimental electronica, won them support from Patrick Forge, Osunlade, Thris Tian, Yam Who? and Titeknots to name a few.
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Since that release they premiered new track Thorns live on Boiler Room, going on to deliver a full, three-hour live performance and DJ set for the infamous global community.
They also provided remixes for Dele Sosimi, Amp Fiddler, Makadem & Behr and Hector Plimmer, meanwhile, busily preparing a series of four, six-track vinyl EPs which will be released over the next 18 months.
Kingswood Drive and Accidental Return are an early teaser of the next set, due in April. Displaying their signature analogue sounds and arpeggios, alongside broken beats and soul, you wouldn’t be alone in hearing the influences of Dam Funk, Herbie Hancock or Bugz In The Attic coming through on this release.
The artwork for this release and the forthcoming series of EPs was conceived with South London artists and designer Tim Easley. The work is made completely from Plasticine, drawing influences from the circuitry inside the Modified Man studio, but also a classic scene from Superman where he is consumed by a computer gaining sentience.
The complete work will be revealed over the coming EPs. Find out more about Tim Easley over here.
About Modified Man
Dave Koor is a prolific keys player both as part of The Expansions, plus Gilles Peterson favourites Hector Plimmer, Connie Constance and Andrew Ashong’s live bands. He has explored improvisation with Yussef Dayes (Yussef Kamaal) and Nubya Garcia and released music on Tiff’s Joints as Deoke.
Adam Scrimshire cut his teeth with solo project Scrimshire (a Gilles Peterson, Don Letts and Huey Morgan favourite) as well as running the Wah Wah 45s record label, home to Dele Sosimi, The Milk, Resonators and Paper Tiger. Both love playing soul records in public and trying to count to free jazz.
“The Modified Man mix is one of the best broken tracks I’ve heard in a while” Patrick Forge (Mi Soul/NTS)
“Reminds me of those glorious days of spinning Dego & Kaidi 12″s. Great blend of lush musicianship and hefty drums.” Titeknots
“Fantastic! Definitely got your Headhunters on!” Ashley Beedle
“Lovely work! Definite support!” Osunlade
“Sumptuous blend of synth heaven” Nemone, BBC Radio 6 Music
“…A gorgeous, celestial analogue jam. The beats are as broken as they are soulful, but the whole thing is underpinned by this serene sort of energy.” Ransom Note
“Whilst Adam Scrimshire and Dave Koor are clearly highly skilled musicians and producers, Modifications: Set 2 is a record that highlights their tight craftsmanship without coming off as snobbish. This is clearly about the music which translates brilliantly to the listener. Connecting with South London artist Tim Easley who designed the cover, also conveys the visual importance of how Scrimshire and Koor want the music to be presented. Overall this is another bullseye hit marking delivered by some of the most cutting edge artists in music.” ColoRising
“One of the eminent fresh independent labels, ‘Albert’s Favourites’ steps up its productivity through the main men Adam Scrimshire and Dave Koor (aka Deoke). Modified Man comfortably marry Soul and Jazz elements with cutting-edge technology to produce a sound that nods to the pioneers while being unique. This two-tracker enhances ‘Modifications: Set 1’ with an electronic delight, bringing back memories of 1970s Herbie Hancock and the Headhunters while pushing ahead with towards a potential Balearic Sundowner fave for 2018. Arpeggiated keys run through as full-fat bass-keys give it a platform to go places.
Five minutes later and we’re into an instant-classic: a slice of Broken-Beat equal to the likes of Dego or IG Culture. ‘Accidental Return’ takes the plaudits with positive chords before taking an unexpected change into the minor. Tough drums, broken patterns, a sprinkle of improvisation and enough changes to keep a listener more than satisfied.” Nick Gray, The Alternative 9
“Sounding Amazing” Sean OD, Balamii Radio, UK
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