TUNE Rob Shields - Water
Rob Shields is set to release debut album ‘Green’ on 27th January 2017 via new imprint YEN, a sister label of Needwant.
‘Green’ demonstrates Shields' desire to break away from the DJ/producer template. This is introspective music; music that aims to make the listener feel, to think, to conjure up images, to trigger memories, real or otherwise. The result of something that feels incredibly warm. It's aim is to provoke thought without words.
Shields’ production style, favouring guitars and worn bits of hardware over cutting edge technology, contributes to much of the warmth. Much of the percussion is made up of his collection of instruments recorded from his East London home. Extracts of various field recordings lies throughout the album, with sources ranging from the exotic rivers and jungles in South America ('Green', 'Sleepness'), to the mundane objects found in his flat (a bath in 'Water', a sofa in 'Adjani').
The focus on warmth and texture has been documented on his releases to date; the melancholic ‘Slum Room’ single, the bubbling Balearic ‘Autocalm’ EP and last year’s dubby, slo-mo single ‘Shards’; gaining praise from artists like Maya Jane Coles (who he supported on two dates with Japan), Groove Armada and Soul Clap. The past 24 months has showcased a variety of involvements including performing with Boredoms' 100-piece cymbal orchestra at the Barbican and the soundtrack to a taxidermy-art installation.