19 year old South London producer, songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Alex Burey recently unveiled debut EP, ‘Inside World’, a four-track collection released via his own label - Pling Recordings. Listen in full below.
Alex Burey’s unique musical background has led to an expressive, enthralling and extraordinary style that reshapes the music of countless leftfield influences - from Aphex Twin to Shuggie Otis and Pink Floyd to Outkast - and shades it with stories from the fringes of London life.
Alex works in a self-made studio at the end of his parent’s garden, often making music in there all throughout the night, emerging only when the sun comes up. "When I'm feeling happy I can work all day and all night, I don't have a time zone," he explains.
You can particularly hear the Californian warmth and sun-kissed soul of key influence Shuggie Otis in Alex's style, but his inspirations are wide-ranging and eclectic. He draws from 60s/70s psychedelia and the production and lyrics of Pink Floyd but also the focussed, tight production of Aphex Twin (he listened almost exclusively to 'Selected Ambient Works Volume II' for two years in his mid-teens.) He's a long-time fan of legendary Chess Records affiliate Charles Stepney and particularly the Rotary Connection album, and also cites the grand, overwhelming production on Scott Walker's records. Dr John, The Lovin' Spoonful were key too as well as the avant-garde Art Of Noise's 'The Seduction Of Claude Debussy' and the jokey wit of Devendra Banhart and André 3000.
If there's one thing that makes Alex stand out from his contemporaries it's his artful skill at creating music that brims with reveries of warmth and comfort twinned with an honest expression of human experience. "I always aim for my music to be comforting," he says. And you can hear that promise in the warm synths and sequenced sounds he employs: the bird caws, the sunrise horns, the hazy, sun-blushed production filters & the gorgeous, layered harmonies that hang effortlessly in the breeze.
Alex Burey will perform at Dot to Dot Festival 2015