Speech Debelle, Irvine Welsh and Micah P Hinson join Kormac on new album ‘Doorsteps’
Kormac is a producer, DJ and turntablist from Dublin, Ireland, who makes electro-house hip-hop, and lives amongst his collection of movie and music artifacts from bygone eras, through countless visits to dusty second-hand stores and junk shops.
Championed by Annie Mac, DJ Food, DJ Yoda and Mr. Scruff, DJ Kormac is soon to release new album Doorsteps on Bodytonic Records on October 20th. Preorder here.
The album features Irvine Welsh, Micah P. Hinson, Mercury Music Prize winner Speech Debelle, Bonobo vocalist and spoken-word artist Bajka, Vyvienne Long and a motley crew of rappers, soloists and opera singers. These recordings and the fruits of several Big Band studio sessions became the backbone of Kormac’s new material, just as the old movies and records had before.
The recent video for 'Another Screen' depicts a young couple wondering though the seaside at Margate, and features vocals from legend Irvine Walsh, whose spoken accompaniment begs escape from more and more screens, exclaiming ‘Don’t give me another screen or I’ll scream and scream and scream and scream!’.
Also recently unveiled are the tracks ‘Wake Up’ which is a unique, brass-heavy take on urban soul features Bajka, as well as the the urgent rap lyrics and scratch grooves on 'Cloning' feat. Koaste.
Kormac’s debut album Word Play featured DJ Yoda, Koaste (Black Grass), DJ Cheeba (Solid Steel / Ninja Tune), Messiah J & The Expert and MC Little Tree. DJing at nightclubs and festivals worldwide, the album’s success has seen him share stages with Nas, Sonic Youth, Jurassic 5 and Sigur Ros.
Live he can be joined by his 10-piece Big Band that delivers an extension of the solo work. Having performed at Annie Mac’s Amp Night she described them as “the most bizarre set-up I’ve ever seen – but it really works”. Fast becoming festival favourites they quickly moved from dance tents to main stages at Glastonbury, Bestival and Electric Picnic. Thereafter they were soon performing across Europe, Asia and Africa which resulted in a tour of Australia with Portishead and The Flaming Lips.
An artist with an aptitude for creating multi-sensory performances, in Kormac’s solo audio visual show, armed with new technology, he plays, scratches and manipulates both audio and video. Other variations on his live performances include a straight up DJ set.