cf premiere: awkward corners “no words (hector plimmer remix)”

Hector Plimmer takes on Awkward Corners’ “No Words”, from the latter’s recent album on Shapes of Rhythm, working in a propulsive kick drum and rearranging Tamar Osborn’s gorgeous saxophone riffing around his own bubbling synths.

Taken from Awkward Corners aka Chris Menist’s forthcoming ‘Somebody Somewhere EP’ on Shapes of Rhythm. An uptempo follow up to his jawdroppingly good second LP for the same label, ‘Amateur Dramatics’.

Hector Plimmer steps up for a second guest appearance on the label, this time taking the sublime sounds of “No Words” from ‘Amateur Dramatics’ and taking it into his own universe of sound and rhythm. A pulsing kick drum pushes this remix onto the more cosmic dancefloors. Rearranging the acclaimed saxophonist Tamar Osborn from Collocutor’s phrases to interact with his bubbling synths this is a whole new trip. Chris says of the interpretation: ‘Hector is someone I’ve wanted to collaborate with for a while so I was super happy he agreed to do a remix. I particularly love the changed up rhythm of his take of No Words and how he weaves all the different elements back into the groove.’

Awkward Corners is Chris Menist, a musician, DJ and writer. It started life as a small project in Islamabad, where Chris was living at the time. Initial recordings were made with local musicians in Pakistan and then subsequently in Thailand. This culminated in the​ ​’Sweet Decay’​ mini LP that came out on Finders Keepers’ Disposable Music​ in 2014, and in turn led to a limited tape release on Boomkat/Reel Torque of original compositions and re-edits of Thai 45s the same year. Chris released – ‘Dislocation Songs’ – his first LP proper with Shapes of Rhythm in May 2020, collaborating on many of the tracks with award-winning performer Sarathy Korwar. The LP was picked up by many radio stations including NTS, Resonance FM, BBC 6 Music, Balamii and many more. It made Tom Ravenscroft’s LPs of 2020. Chris made it two LPs in the space of a year with August 2021’s ‘Amateur Dramatics’ LP. Expanding on his previous narrative, Chris brought to the table a selection of more Jazz-focussed compositions with collaborations on four cuts with Collocutor’s Tamar Osborn, singer Kitty Whitelaw and bassist David Leahy.

Playing drums and percussion since he was a kid, Chris is the percussionist for ​The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band​. As well as co-founding record label ​Paradise Bangkok​ (and hosting a monthly ​NTS Radio​ show of the same name) Chris has curated compilations for labels such as ​Finders Keepers​, ​Soundway​ and ​Dust-To-Digital​. He has been featured on the Boiler Room, Vinyl Factory Collections, played at the ​Four Tet curated Nuits Sonores festival, and has put together an edition of Volumes which featured unreleased Awkward Corners compositions.

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