Premiere: Zobol – Track & Trace


Momentum, harsh lights, speeding cars in a plume of acrid air. Perched, immovable as life's effervescence passes around and through their features. The little motorised ants like little nodes in an immense, unfathomable industrial network. Their occupants speaking indistinctly, creating abstraction and a performance they don’t realise they are part of. When their lane changes, they have no idea why, but they adapt. When they realise, they aren’t communicating with the other occupants, they reverse; only to find the road pushes them forward on a never-ending conveyer belt. Towards and indescribable fiction they can’t attain, their myopia, their reality.

Bristol-based SCI-FACT label’s inaugural release comes in the form of a five track EP, 'Foreign Objects'  from Jon Chmielewski AKA Zobol. The rather aptly named title refers to a near death experience that occurred as a result of a wisdom tooth removal gone awry. Two shards of metal (from a dental drill), depicted in the record artwork, were accidentally sewn into Chmielewski’s jaw, leading to an admission into a Panamanian hospital for the treatment of sepsis. Now back in a creative space Zobol explores dark, ethereal textures with glistening, melodic tonality and driving, momentum-inducing beats.