Will Lister releases ‘Material Tensions’ EP on his new label Heald Recordings


London-based producer and DJ Will Lister presents the final instalment in a tetralogy of releases on his own Heald Recordings.

Set up as ‘a platform that isn’t restricted by functionality’, the label adopts an esoteric approach, ‘inspired by organics, driven by metallics and the degradation of fabrics.’

Following three releases of his own material this year, Material Tension marks release number four: a two-tracker recorded in Will’s studio, based in a South London church.


The A-Side launches with an intro version of ‘Object Recognition’, a string quartet arrangement that’s then pulled apart and synthesized on the original, and layered over thumping drums and reversed subs. On the flip, ‘Maelstrom’ marries modular blips, percussion and a drum loop that beckons you into a dark, sub-heavy space.

The themes of digitisation and material transformation are central to the release, which ties into the physical companion to the music: a hand-made, white porcelain drinking vessel created by Richard Baxter Ceramics in Leigh-on-Sea.

As with all of Heald’s releases, the raw project files, stems and samples are publicly available to listeners to create their own music with. The open access files for this release also includes a graphic score of ‘Object Recognition’, including notation and MIDI parts.

Material Tension is out now on Heald Recordings.