With our parties back in business, we are back up and running! Saturday 25 September we join forces once more with Deep Into Soul at The Cause and we are very excited to welcome the brilliant Jimpster to lead the charge in our LHM room. So we thought only best to have a quick chat with the man and see how he is getting on after a bizarre 18 months for all.
LondonHouseMusic – How did you spend your times during lockdown, a lot of producer/DJs got really busy in the studio, you seemed to have a lof of output over the last 18th months, was a lot of that produced pre pandemic?
Jimpster – Yeah, lockdown proved to be inspiring in terms of studio time. Nothing like having the rug pulled from underneath you to help focus the mind and give you a good kick up the arse. I finished a new LP which takes a step away from the dancefloor and explores more downtempo, soulful hip hop grooves and broken beats. You could say coming full circle from my first LP Messages From The Hub. I collaborated with a lot of different vocalists including brilliant young London talents Cairo and Oliver Night, Yoh from New York, Capitol A from San Francisco and Lazarusman from Johannesburg. Now I just want to get it out ASAP but the vinyl production crisis has thrown a bit of a spanner in the works so have a few months delay whilst we get it pressed but hopefully should be out early next year. Also had a bunch of remixes for Razor n Tape, Z Recordings, Unkown Season, Underground Quality, Skint, Soulphuric, Sonar Kollektiv and PIV. Getting to work with Rich Medina on This Thing for Foliage was a proper treat too.
LHM – Any new producers come to your attention or any established producers that impressed you with their releases in lockdown and can you tell us a track that came out in that period we will be hearing in your set on he 25th?
Jimpster – With doing the regular Sofa Session stream on Twitch I was tending to gravitate towards deeper and more soulful house which suited the format nicely, although there were certainly a few bangers which became firm favourites during the lockdowns. Alister’s track called Starlight produced with Omar S is excellent! But also been checking out a lot of Kareem Ali, Jon Dixon, Kai Alce, Los Hermanos whose track Another Day is a highlight – in fact, lots of the Mother Tongue releases and distribution have been killer. Visions Recordings have been a stand out label the last 18 months too. I’d say it’s been a really healthy time for music but not forgetting deep condolences for all those legendary producers that we’ve lost too soon since the pandemic arrived.
LHM – What’s coming up for you in the rest of 2021 and in 2022 now we are hopefully over the worst of the Covid pandemic?
Jimpster – Right now I’m working on a hardware-based Jimpster live set. It’s been about 13 years since I played regularly with improvised electronic band The Bays and I’ve missed performing live and playing keys. It’s a steep learning curve getting my head around the MPC which is the brains of the set up but it’s a good new skill to have under my belt and can’t wait to get out to play some gigs, remixing my tracks and remixes on the fly. I have three weekends of gigs over in the US coming up in November taking in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, LA, San Diego and Austin and just putting the finishing touches to a remix for Foliage. My Jimpster Remixed release featuring Space Ghost, Teflon Dons, Kareem Ali, Kai Alce, Solid Gold Playaz and Jon Dixon is dropping end of September too. Happy to say that we’ve started up doing some Bays gigs again too, playing a sold out Jazz Cafe last month and working towards some festival gigs next summer. See you on the 25th!
You can get your ticket for Deep Into Soul X London House Music below and all details of the event HERE, as we will be welcoming another incredible guest to be announced in due course!