Bristol based producer Hyetal brings his artistic and technical brilliance to the main room. Garnering rave reviews for his debut album "Broadcast" earlier this year, he quickly became one of the Summer festival season's must see artists.
Hyetal AKA David Corney leads the way in new wave underground dance music, turning heads with a series of revered dancefloor productions on Punch Drunk, Planet Mu and Orca. No stranger to Subculture, Hyetal played Dot to Dot festival in May, receiving an unprecedented reception which saw the relative newcomer outranking some of the industries leading veterans.
"Broadcast" was released May 2nd on Black Acre and sees the producer modify his sound for an expedition of the seemingly mundane LP format. Redirecting view to concentrate on shorter, more traditionally structured pieces, combining a horizon of influences such as John Carpenter and Boards Of Canada yet in keeping with the dynamism of new and cutting edge UK bass music. The album disowns the purity so easily accomplished with digital technology; instead it's filled with analogue noise and distortion.
"For me that noise is so important, it frames the music or acts like a filter on a lens. It puts it in a specific place where I want people to hear it from". Setting the tone perfectly, opening track "Diamond Islands" utilizes Alison Garners breathy vocals with foreboding synths and bass outlined by corrosive kicks and snares.
"I wanted to make something stripped back, so most of it's just Ali, sub bass a drum machine and this weird atmosphere. When I wrote it I was listening a lot to "Garlands" by Cocteau twins".
Hyetal personifies the word "pioneer" in dance music. "Broadcast" is an achievement to surely hold his status aloft and dictate him as one of the most exciting new producers of recent times.
Searchlight by Hyetal
Whilst recent releases on Punch Drunk and Build have seen Hyetal opt for a more club-focussed approach to his hardwired synthesizer lines and rattling drums, ‘Diamond Islands’ is cut from a different; albeit ultimately recognisable, cloth. Those vivid piano chords are Hyetal from the off, but the reverberating percussion is straight from the ’80s, while the breathy vocals draw from the same gene pool that seems to have fed some of modern dubstep’s most popular releases. It’s four and a half minutes of blissful escapism that should have fans waiting for Broadcast with bated breath. And honestly? That’s the least Hyetal deserves.