Aeshim is a new solo project by Adam Scrimshire. “2BCM1” delves deep into Scrimshire’s love of broken beat. References flow from DKD’s ‘Future Rage’, while also calling on influences from Herbie Hancock to Roni Size. Tumbling kick drums fight with fizzing and insistent bass as they give way to sustained strings and soulful vocals. Due for release on June 24th, “2BCM1” will be the first taste from Aeshim’s debut album, ‘Or…’.
Leaving live drums and acoustic instruments behind in favour of making tracks with a more immediate, speedy, synthesised approach, the Aeshim experiments happen through strict time limitations. His debut album under this pseudonym, ‘Or…’, was written and produced in the first two weeks of lockdown in the UK.
Two previous EPs, also deliberately made within short one-week sessions, explored his love of broken beats and electronic bass lines and received love and support from Jamz Supernova (BBC Radio 1Xtra), EVM128 (WorldwideFM) and Le Mellotron.
The debut album takes time to explore these ideas and more, from ambient soundscapes, to dubbed out piano sounds and growling sub arpeggios. And though electronic in form, there are still Scrimshire’s soul influences threaded throughout, clipped vocal harmonies and Rhodes pianos take a place inside the roomy drum loops and sizzling Juno chords.
“I’ve called it ‘Or…’ because the world is at such a pivotal moment of potential progress. Return to normal, or pursue change. Accept what was, or demand something better. ‘Or…’ is also part of a more personal question about my own involvement in that, measuring the person I was and have been, against the person I need to be.”
On July 3rd, Aeshim’s ‘Or…’ will be released on Albert’s Favourites, the label formed by Adam, who also mixed and mastered the album, his Modified Man partner Dave Koor, and Jonny Drop, who created the artwork. The label has released projects by Hector Plimmer, Rōnin Arkestra, Huw Marc Bennett, The Expansions, Scrimshire, and Jonny Drop.Pre-Order