Beats by Beat: Kavil melds free jazz and electronic soundscapes in honour of Joe McPhee
04.09.2020

Beats by Beat: Kavil melds free jazz and electronic soundscapes in honour of Joe McPhee

Words by Jacob Nazroo

Welcome to Beats by Beat, our mix series for electronic music lovers. Head here if you missed the previous Beats by Beat mix, produced by ambient music producer and label owner, Other Joe.

If you listen to this episode of our Beats By Beat series, there’s a good chance you’ll hear something new. Dissonant, chaotic-but-organised free jazz – in honour of multi-instrumentalist, Joe McPhee – meets electronic sound design in this mix by Kavil.

He’s the curator of a diverse and musically rich mix series called Bleus, so it comes as no surprise that Kavil has used the platform to shine a light on musicians venturing into quite far-flung areas of the electronic music landscape.

He crafted this mix meticulously using Ableton, rather than going the typical route of recording a DJ set. The result is a rich layering of up to six tracks, and arrangements whose intricacy and precision may not have otherwise been possible.

Check out the mix on our Soundcloud page and stick around for the interview at the end to hear about the unlikely synergy of free jazz and electronic soundscapes, Kavil’s work with Bleus and unconventional ways to make a mix.

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