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Sasha Goes Minimalist Composer on New Album 'Scene Delete'

"This album is acting as a split in my career."

by Alexander Iadarola
Feb 2 2016, 5:57pm

Album art courtesy of the label

Welsh producer, Sasha, has announced his first album since 2002's Airdrawndagger. Scene Delete will be released on UK label Late Night Tales—who are largely known for their artist-curated compilation series, featuring contributions from the likes of Bonobo, Jamiroquai, and The Flaming Lips. While Alexander Coe is best known for his club-centered work, this album looks to mark a significant shift in the producer's career, as it is largely inspired by minimalist composers such as Nils Frahm, Max Richter, and Steve Reich, according to the label.

"I think this album is acting as a split in my career," the artist told Billboard. "Before I was always trying to combine everything into one sound... this is going to be the split." It is also notably set to contain contributions with Radiohead member Nigel Godrich's band, Ultraísta, as well as British artist John Graham.

"About three years ago, my collaborators David Gardner and ThermalBear and I wrote a song called 'Bring On The Night,'" Coe explained in the press release. "I sent it to Ultraísta and within a few days she sent it back with this amazing vocal on, with Nigel Godrich playing keyboards. We tried to do club mixes but we just couldn't get it right. So it sat there doing nothing."

Rounding out the story of the record's genesis, Coe said: "Tracks like this kept building up, until finally last summer my frustration boiled over. We'd made so many tunes that I couldn't remember the names of half of them. What was that thing with a bass sound and a string line? It drove me mental. At the same time as we were logging these tracks, I was listening to the Jon Hopkins' Late Night Tales and I thought a lot of the music we'd been working on was in the same vibe. So I sent the music over to Late Night Tales and they really liked it. Initially, I thought we'd just do a Late Night Tales compilation with maybe a few pieces of my own music. But as we went through everything we' d worked on in the last two years, we realised we had about 50 pieces of music. So we started editing and compiling: Scene Delete is the end result."

Along with the announcement, Coe has shared album cut "View2," a slow-burning exercise in sensitively restrained, sombre arpeggiation, which you can hear below. Be sure to pick up Scene Delete when it's out digitally, on CD and as 3xLP vinyl on April 1.


01. Channel Deq
02. View2
03. Baracus
04. Linepulse
05. Time After Time
06. Detour
07. Pontiac
08. Cassette Sessions D
09. Cassette Sessions E
10. Healer
11. Modcon
12. Scarpa Falls
13. Warewolf
14. Bring On The Nighttime feat. Ultraista
15. Corvette
16. Shelter
17. Untitled 3
18. Abacus
19. Rooms feat. John Graham
20. Broadcast
21. Vapour Trails

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