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Ross From Friends' "John Cage" Bridges Lo-Fi House and Bedroom Pop

The London producer earned a 'lo-fi house' tag last year, and now that he's signed to Brainfeeder he's expanding his sound further.

by Lauren O'Neill
16 March 2018, 1:03pm

Image by Fabrice Bourgelle via PR

Here's a nice thing: London producer Ross From Friends has been signed by Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, and he's got a new song out today, ahead of EP Aphelion, next month. Nice things feel lovely. The track is called "John Cage," and it's really bloody good too. Great news all round really.

The track's an airy but percussive jaunt with spring in its DNA. It's the sort of song you can imagine yourself plugging into as you walk around your newly sunny locale on your lunch break, noticing all cool stuff you once knew about the place, but forgot when the cold and darkness seemed to obscure it. Its distorted lyrical refrain of "It will come to you if you take some time" also adds to its quiet power as something that encourages reflection and wonder. It's cool. It'll make you feel good.

In a press release statement, Ross From Friends (otherwise known as Felix Clary Weatherall) noted that the track "originally began life as a tune for this goofy hip-hop project that me and my pal Guy from back home always do when he’s in London." He continued:

I’d be making the beat and he raps. It’s always a refreshing approach making tracks in that atmosphere because we’re both always on such a spontaneous tip. When I’m making music alone, I’m obsessive and everything takes hours, whereas with Guy, we’d try and get as many tracks finished as possible in like a few hours.


It's an approach that's, quite obviously, served the track well. But beyond that, "John Cage" seems to move along the whole "lo-fi house" scene to which Ross From Friends was first pegged last year. In the time since we've entered the 'bedroom production' wave which appears to be having its moment right now, especially in indie and pop circles. It's music to be low-key to – whether that's lying in some grass and letting it wash over you, sinking tins in the park (it's almost time!!!!!), or just appreciating the world around you – and sometimes that's exactly what you need. Close your eyes, listen to "John Cage" above, and let the good feelings start.

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