Manchester’s own glue70 is poised to become the soundtrack to modern life: an historically DIY approach has already garnered him over 30m streams (Casin), high-profile industry attention, and a loyal online following. And his newest release, 2070 (Majestic Casual Records), is set to propel him and his signature blend of mercurial electronica (aka “gluestep”) to new heights.
glue70’s sound is a rich musical tapestry: from a childhood of reggae, French house, breakbeat and sampled hip-hop comes this warm and unique intersection of feather-light house and kick-laden R&B. It’s no surprise that Dilla, Doom, Daft Punk and Boards of Canada feature heavily on his list of formative influences - but it may be more surprising that he learnt his craft making music on video editor Sony VEGAS.
Years spent in the visual arts have woven a visceral thread of soft-focus ‘80s nostalgia into glue70’s music; the result is wistful, introspective and undoubtedly human lo-fi breaks. Through improvisation, silken vocals and loop-based music creation, glue70’s deceptively minimal sound flits from house to hip-hop and jazz to disco in inimitably chill fashion. Lean in and turn it up - you’re listening to the future.