Listen to Asdasfr Bawd's new EP as he talks about each track for us
His debut EP is an electronic journey to remember.
Asdasfr Bawd (pronouced az-das-a-fah bor-d) is making some seriously great left-field but not too left-field electronica right now. Half contemporary minimalist classical composer, half footwork, post dub producer, Alex Clayton (to his parents) has just released a sparkling six-track debut EP - Underpass. To celebrate its release, we asked Clayton to offer a little insight into its production, which you can read after the stream, below. And you can grab the EP via his BANDCAMP.
Underpass - First track that I wrote for the EP and what kickstarted the creative process. Setting a strong syncopation throughout the whole track really drove it forward.
Sayer - A big experiment in playing around with audience expectations for drops. They're formulaic in electronic music, it was nice to play around with the concept.
Negative Energy - A vocal hook to die for, I tried to expose it in a variety of different ways throughout the track to keep the 'energy' flowing constantly, with a pretty spacious climax nearing the end.
Sly Defender - A more elusive progression, but the desire to build towards a few ripping synths is too hard for me to avoid. I'd say it's more of a garage track than my main body of production.
Alsp - Alsp was a chance to create one of those hyped up roller coasters with unstoppable momentum. It takes from some jungle and footwork influence and rolls them into one.
Packed Heat - An open-ended track that floats along, pretty satisfying to have something that works in such a way and doesn't require ups-and-downs to create a bit of interest. I knew from Underpass this was going to be the way to wrap the EP up.