Exclusive Premiere: Hector Plimmer “Eastern System (ft. Drahla)”
Albert’s Favourites are proud to present Hector Plimmer for the label’s third release.
Hector Plimmer burst onto the scene in 2014 with an appearance on Gilles Peterson’s ‘Brownswood Bubblers” Vol 11, alongside beatsmith Al Dobson Jr, jazz luminaries GoGo Penguin, and the ever soulful Moonchild. He went on to win the PRS Steve Reid InNOVAtion Award, firmly cementing himself on the ‘ones to watch’ list.
We started bumping into Hector around Crystal Palace, and he presented himself as a deeply humble man, quiet and introspective – and with a killer selection of vinyl, but it took a support slot at Soho’s Sounds Of the Universe (supporting fellow producer and long term friend Wu-Lu) to really turn our heads.
Hector’s beats are constructed like small sculptures, each one with its own influences and palette, but all with a very signature sound.
Eastern System is a real beat workout, with traces of Asia in its melodies, Africa in its rhythms and a stunning choral arrangement. This, layered with a charming and somewhat nostalgic main vocal, eventually turns into a hypnotic chant towards the close. A beautifully subdued track that still manages to deliver powerfully on the dancefloor.
Flip the disc and you meet ‘Kalimba’, another pulsing beat that’ll have you hooked right from the start. Frantic percussion and a wonky Kalimba drive this track along, pushing you into the middle section where it breaks down to drums and synths, transforming what was previously acoustic into electronic, pushing the track directly into 2016.
You can catch Hector around London, playing records and playing live. He has a regular show on NTS Radio and also runs his event ‘Crates’ Upstairs at the Ritzy in Brixton with long time collaborator and friend Wu-Lu.
We are also excited to announce that Hector will be releasing an album with us early 2017. Stay tuned!
Follow Hector Plimmer
Follow Albert’s Favourites
About The Label
Albert’s Favourites is the creation of Adam Scrimshire (Scrimshire/Wah Wah 45s) and The Expansions’ Dave Koor and Jonny Drop.
Named after the mixtapes Scrimshire’s Grandad made for their summer holidays, it is a label, a writing and production house, a studio and, we hope, an idea of how artists and labels can thrive and grow together in this new musical landscape.
No doubt there is some sentimentality here, a love of our collective histories and “favourites”, but also a very keen desire to create something new and innovative both in music and business.
Albert’s Favourites is currently home to The Expansions, Scrimshire, Jonny Drop, Hector Plimmer, Deoke and Modified Man.