Decoded Sunday – Echaskech

Echaskech are a British electronica / audio-visual act based in London. The band formed in 2004 and were originally a duo composed of Dom Hoare and Andy Gillham, who had previously worked together as a drum & bass DJ act touring with artists such as LTJ Bukem and Grooverider. Early in 2005 the music duo became a multimedia trio with the addition of visual artist Mach V, who provides visuals during live performances and whose prior work includes music festivals such as The Big Chill and a collaboration with Sounds from the Ground that exhibited at Tate Britain. Also in 2005 Echaskech performed along with Jon Hopkins at various events in London and as a result Jon introduced the band to Just Music who subsequently signed them.

Echaskech’s eclectic style spans across the electronic music genre, as Ian Roullier from musicOMH says, “This is where Orbital, Brian Eno, The Radiophonic Workshop, Warp’s Artificial Intelligence series from the early ’90s and good old tuneful, contemporary, grimy dance music collide”. Shatterproof, the act’s second album on Just Music was compared to The Future Sound of London’s Lifeforms by the BBC’s Colin Buttimer]and Ben Hogwood of DMC, who commented that “The band move between a spaced-out ambience, peppered with splintered beats, to darker moments”

Musically, the duo have collaborated with numerous acts including Roots Manuva, James Yuill, Max Cooper, Kraddy, Posthuman and SBTRKT with festival performances at Glade, Blissfields, Secret Garden Party, Solfest, Big Chill and Festinho. Their performance at Festinho 2010 was nominated for the UK Festival Awards Critics’ Choice Award.

In November 2010, Echaskech collaborated with Traum Schallplatten artist Max Cooper on a remix of “Chaotisch Serie” for his Expressions EP. In December 2013 the single ‘Form | Function’ (on this mix as the epic Dionysiac remix) was debuted on the Lauren Laverne show BBC Radio 6 Music, and officially announced by SPIN magazine in Jan 2014 as being the first single to a new album Origin to be released later that year on Just Music.

The mix is a beautifully layered, delicately balanced exploration into the deeper sides of ambient, chillout and deep house, and perfectly encapsulates a band very much in their stride.

Tracks

01// Echaskech – Form | Function (Dionysiac Bank Holiday Washout Epic)
02// Infinite Scale – Living Moments
03// Kangding Ray – Son
04// Hammock – Like a Valley with No Echo
05// Lawrence – Marlen
06// Voices from the Lake – Circe
07// Pye Corner Audio – Electronic Rhythm Number Two
08// Simian Mobile Disco – Hypnick Jerk (extended)
09// Hammock – My Mind was a Fog…My Heart became a Bomb
10// White Lodge – Shutdown (unreleased)
11// Otto A Totland – Flom
12// Pye Corner Audio – The Mirror Ball Cracked