In a disused takeaway somewhere in the deepest London, a project so rich in collaboration that calls for it's place of origin to be listed as a cultural heritage site should probably not fall on entirely deaf ears, currently sits at the half way point in it's ambitious year long journey. The project, entitled 'Days And Night's At The Takeaway', is spear headed by that ever-revered 'Thom yorke' character of jazz; Sebastian Rochford, and the project in question sees a monthly coming together of the man himself and one of a plethora of world and jazz instrumentalists to create something (and forgive the cheap pun) tasty!
So far the takeaway series has seen Rochford collaborate with Leo Abrahams, Jehst, Tom Skinner, Gina Loring, Ranjana Ghatak, Pete Wareham, Alice Grant and Michahu. This month's offering fuses Rochford's compositional expertise with the sultry exotic tones of Sarod (Small sitar) player Soumik Datta, the resultant sound comprising of 15 minutes of distorted, filmic ambience. Eastern overtones are blended discretely with a quintessential London grit which is emulated boldly through Rochford's use of his telltale electronic meanderings. Although better suited perhaps to the 'Babel' soundtrack than to any genre stereotype, the piece still manages to provoke emotion in solitary by being both bewildering and simulateously soothing, 'In Slow City's' relentless repetition lays down a fundamental sense of the familiar, whilst a multitude of synthesized sound-scapes produce a thunderous audio-storm over the top.
Can't wait for next month!