Stream: Chop Raash Hour Mix

Now-Again | Sep. 23, 2013 | News |

You’ve been hearing the sounds of Chop (used to be Mister – as you’re probably already aware) for some time – from his first EP on Now-Again, the retro-futuristic Lightworlds, to his work on DOOM’s Born Like This, to his reworkings of Pete Rock’s hip hop classics on For Pete’s Sake to Switched On, his Moog synthesizer interpretations of classic 70s funk and rock breakbeats. But our recently issued Illuminate album, his real “debut,” sounds nothing like those albums – and we don’t really have words to describe it. It’s a singular vision, at once pastoral and electrified, of this current zeitgeist, and out of time, both rootsy and intellectual.

Your man Chop’s studio is a temple to gear the likes of which is fetishized on message board posts by those who mastered your favorite musician’s album, and it’s located on a dirt road, abutting an estuary in Northern England. That this type of music comes from this setting is confusing, but it’s also, well, cool. Chop just loves him some crazy gear and some weird processes to make music: those processes lead to the types of tunes you hear in this mix, which he assembled for Jerusalem’s Raash Hour – which draws from Illuminate, and previously unreleased Chop music. Featuring the usual lot of Chop collaborators, including The Heliocentrics Malcolm Catto.

Buy: Chop Illuminate on Rappcats
Download: Chop “Building Blocks”
More: Raash Hour.

Out Now! Chop “Illuminate” Album/Free Download

Now-Again | Aug. 13, 2013 | News | ,

Studio wizard Chop pulls out all of the analogue stops on the Motorik highway to Cybotron by way of a Tangerine Dream on his debut album for Now-Again. Album out NOW; download a free track below!

Mr. Chop’s debut EP for Now-Again in 2009, Lightworlds, drew together anthemic synth-rock, the jagged sound of Italian prog monsters Goblin, and musique concrète, with surprisingly accessible results. Since then, the artist known to friends as Coz Littler has rid himself of the Mister and returns with renewed focus for his debut album Illuminate known simply as Chop.

The path that took him here was winding indeed. Isolating himself in his Cheshire, UK studio in late 2009, Chop decided to try his hand at the nearly fifty year old – and rarely successful – quest to musically merge the organic and the electronic. Three years later, surrounded by a host of musical material and reeling from the passing of his father, his music started falling into itself and Chop found himself in the center of the spiral.

Enter his friend Joe Fearon, A&R for the likes of Liverpool bands The Coral and The Zutons. With Fearon’s help, Chop whittled down hours of recordings to a selection of the most inspired moments. It became clear that while each stood up on its own, they lacked a unifying theme. Chop discovered a solution in the mutated sound of his own voice – at times processed through a WWII-era bomber pilot’s reconditioned microphone, at others deconstructed via an early Texas Instruments computer. And then everything fell into place: Heliocentrics drummer Malcolm Catto’s rhythm tracks were edited off-the-grid until they became more Neu than James Brown, more driving than syncopated; Bill Ryder Jones from The Coral stepped in for the lead guitar parts, which lent a powerful psychedelic 60s rock sound to the proceedings; Chop repurposed a range of obsolete musical gear to renewed ends, in line with his desire to search for a future imbued with the innocence of the past.

The result is Illuminate, an album equally inspired by the retro-futurism of the still-sputtering 19th century power station in Northern Wales, across the estuary from Chop’s studio, the events of his life, and Chop’s collection of hip-hop, disco, new wave and minimal synth records. A record of extreme personal significance to Chop, the creation of its music conversely helped him to silence the chaos of an increasingly neurotic world and soothe the pain of his loss of his father.

Unsurprisingly, Illuminate traverses a number of moods. The jackhammer pounding of ‘Building Blocks’ segues into the moody but serene ‘Picture Box’. The futuristic soundscape ‘Arcane Future’ takes an uplifting melodic turn, revealing Chop’s hopes for a more perfect tomorrow. Tape loops and effects, field recordings and drum programming all play a role in Illuminate, and as the majority of the tracks were assembled far away from a detailed Pro-Tools grid, in what Chop calls a “mutant modern way of editing things,” This approach gives the songs a life of their own – equally electronic and human. Though it’s the most intellectual approach Chop has taken with his music to date, it retains a spontaneous feel throughout, and despite its technical accomplishments, Illuminate is Chop’s most intimate and personal album yet.

Buy: Chop Illuminate on Rappcats
Download: Chop “Building Blocks”

Stream: Chop Mix 2013

Now-Again | Jul. 18, 2013 | News |

Stream: Chop Mix 2013 – a steady stream of the influences on his forthcoming album Illuminate album out August 13th!

Our friends at the UK’s Quietus have been so kind as to host Chop’s Mix 2013, which he assembled as he was putting the finishing touches on Illuminate. As they write, Chop excels at “taking the listener on a jagged journey all the way from Broadcast to the uneasy thrum of Suicide, kosmische flavours from Popol Vuh and Cluster, Alexander Robotnik and many more.”

Download: Chop “Building Blocks”

Chop – Illuminate

Now-Again | May. 1, 2013 | Catalog |

Buy it here.

1. Building Blocks (C. Littler)
2. Illuminate All Voltages (C. Littler)
3. Picture Box (C. Littler)
4. Airhead (C. Littler)
5. Future Past Ad (C. Littler)
6. Re-Program The Man/Illuminist Garden (C. Littler, J. Fearon)
7. The Electronic Brain (C. Littler, O. Buchanan)
8. Sleeper (C. Littler, M. Catto)
9. Feedback (C. Littler, M. Burnley)
10. You Want More Life (C. Littler, M. Catto, J. Fearon)
11. Rendezvous (C. Littler, J. Fearon, M. Nestor)
12. Feedback Reprise (C. Littler, M. Burnley)
13. Bow Down To The Mutant (C. Littler, M. Catto)
14. Arcane Future (C. Littler)

Produced by Coz Littler and Joe Fearon Executive produced by Eothen Alapatt Additional coordination by Henoch Moore

Recorded and mixed at Ape Studios. Mixed and engineered by Coz Littler Additional engineering by Mark Burnley (also pre-mastering), Oli Buchanan and Mike Burnham. Mastered by Chris Potter at Electric Mastering. Art direction by Errol Richardson.
Original art by Andy Gilmore.Produced by Coz Littler and Joe Fearon Executive produced by Eothen Alapatt Additional coordination by Henoch Moore

Recorded and mixed at Ape Studios. Mixed and engineered by Coz Littler Additional engineering by Mark Burnley (also pre-mastering), Oli Buchanan and Mike Burnham. Mastered by Chris Potter at Electric Mastering. Art direction by Errol Richardson. A Video Nasty Production 2013.

CD, LP and Digital. 2013. NA 5102.

Mr. Chop on Paris DJs

Now-Again | Mar. 6, 2012 | News |

Since the release of his Switched On album late last year, Mr. Chop has been busy in Ape Studios finishing up his Now-Again album….. yet he found time to launch two new exclusive tracks with our friends at Paris DJs, who included them in a mix that they assembled. Download their mix below and get ready for a Chop takeover later this year.

Download: Mr. Chop on Paris DJs.
More Information/tracklist: Mr. Chop on Paris DJs

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