Exclusive Premiere: Antics & Collectables – Drive/Home/Drum/Crash

Rising collective, Antics & Collectables return with a brand new track ‘Drive/Home/Drum/Crash’, lifted from the upcoming EP due in 2023.

Led by producer, composer and sound designer Alfonso De Grandis, ‘Drive/Home/Drum/Crash’ features regular collaborator East Sussex singer-songwriter Sam Mitchell and will be accompanied by stunning visuals crafted by acclaimed filmmaker and collective member Antonio Cola. Drawing on a myriad of influences from left-field electronica, IDM, funk, soul and jazz, the intricate soundscapes fuse seamlessly over Sam’s ethereal vocal delivery and Mikayl Dawood’s inspired production and guitar work.

Alfonso explains: “Drive/Home/Drum/Crash is a hypnotic solitary car journey. It’s a drive through states of consciousness of an altered state of mind. The synth-based track has an electronic backbone, a disorientating synthetic drum beat that drives us until we lose the sense of direction.”
Sam adds: “An important element is the ‘machine’…and how incapable it makes us. Yet we think we are in control of it. The car is the epitome for it.”

It started as an electronic improvisation by Alfonso De Grandis to which Sam added the lyrics and vocals. Additional production and guitars by the multi-instrumentalist and producer, Mikayl Dawood came at a later time at Urchin Studios in East London. The last minute of the track is a gem of electronic jazz that drifts into cinematic darkness.

“Drive pushing yourself to crash and crashing to awaken from a deep state of numb control. Break the wall of consciousness to step into the pool of irrational logics, driven by altered oxymoron. Static run, screaming silence, freezing fire, heavy air, noisy calm, dark lights, visible sound. Lights flickering like a drum beaten slowly in a cosy vision where everything is connected, everything is solely collective, everything is home.” – Antonio Cola

Alfonso De Grandis is an established sound designer, sound artist, composer and music producer, based in London, with more than fifteen years of experience. His studio, In Hackney Wick, is part of the Grammy Awards-nominated Urchin Studio recording complex. He is the chief sound designer of the awarded IMAGO Dance film series and he is part of Paradigm Weave, a collaboration with sound artist and composer Dani Joss, dedicated to the creation of site-specific art and multichannel soundscapes.

In the TV and film industries, his client list includes Discovery Channel, The Walt Disney Company, Vice, MTV, ITV, BT Sport, Noah Media Group, Dead Films, Sunset and Vine, BTTV, ESPN, Die Wolke Art Group and many more.

The samples and layers that form his sonic palette are from his extensive library of unique sounds that he has collected over the years in various parts of the world. He has sampled biophony and geophony in Turkey, Morocco, Italy, The United States, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

The project Antics & Collectables was founded in 2022 although its inception dates back to January 2017. On route from Sydney to Melbourne and the casual stop by a massive Antiques and collectables store. Pieces of furniture, paintings and objects of earlier periods were for sale. Mostly decorative, unsophisticated and unrefined. Some are completely uninteresting while some are incredibly powerful and evocative. Altogether it felt like an amazing place for a person to wander around and connect emotionally and personally to an object.

Antics and collectables aim to be a collaborative musical parallel. It is about memories and daydreams, it is about collecting fragments of time. It is an ensemble of vivid blurring shapes-shifted by time. The process of discovery, by use of ways uncharacteristic of traditional music, has collaboration at its heart. Each artist featured explores their craft, hence ‘Antics’ rather than ‘Antiques’.

Drawing on a vast number of traditions and genres with the use of digital and analogue electronics, found sounds and field recordings are often looped and manipulated beyond recognition. Alfonso acts as the main curator and considers himself a listener and a sound collector before anything.

The EP features Sam Mitchell, Edward Wakili-Hick (Sons of Kemet), Mykail Daewood (Emile Sande), William Nicastro (The Magnetics, Sarah Stride, The Max Ferri Trio).

‘Drive/Home/Drum/Crash’ is released on the 16th of December.

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Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about many genres of music from Breakbeat and Drum & Bass to Techno and Electronica. A man that lives in a world of bass and beats, Ian is an obsessive collector of music and a true geek at heart, with many years spent in application design.