Few have caused as much disruption and commotion as Ross From Friends, the playful musician and producer has evolved sporadically through the ranks having mutated into a forward thinking talent now releasing music on Brainfeeder. He's come a long way from the days of youtube house and dusty samples, that's for sure.
The record label, run by Flying Lotus, has taken a shine to his fun fuelled take on electronic music. Not confined by genre, restraints or rules he approaches music as something best toyed with and explored. As such his own output has been varied, drawing influence from hip hop, skate soundtracks, mixtapes and club sounds. It is not one thing but a lot.
His new EP on the label is a welcome release from much of the mundane. There is a humble, personal connection to the music he has made which he describes as being the result of “getting into a lot of woodwork, DIY and furniture". As a result there are wholesome, crafty textures dotted throughout which he describes as follows:
“I constantly wanted to take a step back and think about the structures in a more conventional sense. I spent a lot of time making it sound like it could be played in a club, particularly with ‘Phantom Ratio’ - I wanted to challenge myself to make a weird club track with that one.”
We invited Ross from Friends, real name Felix, to guide us through his soundtrack to home improvement. It sounds nothing like Grand Designs...
Dj Psychiatre - Pie?Ce 01
This track is an absolutely gorgeous drum-less tune. The arp will send you into a trance that once emerged from you will have unconsciously painted an entire wall.