My first release as PETE SASQWAX drops later this month. ‘Sleeprs’ clocks in at just under 28 minutes, contains 100% original, previously unreleased tracks and is currently in the process of being mastered by Pete Phillips at Analogue Fidelity. Artwork is as above.
I created this EP in the same way as I put together my ‘Gameface’ 12” and restricted myself to the same constraints. Although I have amassed many hours worth of music over the past few years, I wanted to work on the basis that I had two 14 minute long sides to fill, giving me a maximum of 28 minutes in total. I’ve always loved the 12” EP format - some of my favourite releases are 12” EPs and I feel that my strongest release so far was that Needlework 12”. There’s a succinctness to those 14 minute twins which a flabby 80 minute CD could never hope to understand. It never outstays the welcome it is given, yet can offer so much - can pack such density of sound - within those 2 vinyl sides.
It’s impossible to overstate the importance of Mr. Dibbs’ ‘231 Ways To Fry An Egg’ EP. I’m sure I’ve said it so many times that certain people are sick of hearing me mention it (much love to ya, BROKE!) but it’s not just Dibbs’ debut EP; the early Mo’Wax plates by DJ Shadow are no less important, likewise Blackalicious’ ‘Melodica’ EP, Siah & Yeshua dapoED’s EP for Fondle ‘Em, Molasses’ ‘Madness: Conversations With My Sanity’ EP on Ubiquity, the 3 EPs DJ Wally put out on his Sam’s Jointz label and many others I could list (and probably will at some point in the future). The 12” EP is a format that, when utilised to the fullest, can provide an experience that an album - despite all the extra minutes it boasts - could hope to replicate. I come from the era of the Walkman, where a pair of solid EPs would make the strongest C60 you could ever wish for. For all these reasons and more, ‘Sleeprs’ adheres to the confines of the 12” EP format, despite the fact that it won’t be pressed on the format of kings (but future releases may well do…).
Finally, the tracklisting, for those who have heard any of the works in progress, or who are just interested in knowing that kind of thing, is as follows:
1. Remember The Name (2:01)
2. DSMT Science (3:17)
3. LF2 (2:35)
4. Schoolyard Sass (2:53)
5. Sludge Cudgel (3:09)
6. Show Me (3:22)
7: Protocol (2:33)
8: Shank (2:33)
9. Zoeller (featuring John Rose) (4:56)