Catching Flies

Genre-mashing urban electronica

photo: buster grey jung

Who he?

It was in late 2012 when London-based DJ, producer and multi-instrumentalist George King decided to start his Catching Flies project. Recording and self-releasing two EPs, he attracted a proper BBC Radio bunfight with support from Mary Anne Hobbs, Lauren Laverne, Gilles Peterson, Nemone and Annie Mac. Expect further fun and games now he’s released his debut album.

Why Catching Flies?

That debut album, ‘Silver Linings’, is a bit of a genre-hopper, mixing the likes of hip hop, jazz, and house. It’s a brand of electronica that’s full of upbeat rhythms, gentle synth interjections, punchy melodies and sombre ambience. Just listen to the Thundercat-esque ‘Yŭ’, the Balearic beats of the title track, the atmospheric shimmers of ‘Kite Hill Theme’ or the Sakamoto-inspired ‘Opals’. King has also announced his first headline US tour where he will be playing with Bonobo, who is clearly a fan, including King in a recent Radio 1 Essential Mix. Not too shabby eh?

Tell us more…

“I wanted ‘Silver Linings’ to be a scrapbook of the last three years,” says King. “It’s definitely eclectic, and it’s supposed to be. Over three years a lot changes, your perspectives change, your tastes change.” And despite the fact that ‘Silver Linings’ is King’s debut, he sees it as the end of the first chapter in his musical story. “A few weeks after I finished the album, I moved out of the house I made all the music in,” he explains. “So it feels like the closing of one chapter and the beginning of another. I can’t wait to make the next one now.”

‘Silver Linings’ is out on Indigo Soul

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