KINCAID feat BLANCMANGE “Late For Sum EP” (Blanc Check Records)
Late For Sum is the second release from Kincaid featuring Blancmange, a father/son duo consisting of Joe Arthur (Kincaid) and Neil Arthur from electronic band Blancmange. Their debut single ‘Big Fat Head’ came out in spring 2019 on Moscoman’s Disco Halal imprint, receiving radio play from Pete Tong on Radio 1 and support from HAAi, Jennifer Cardini, Simple Symmetry, Manfredas, Roman Flugel, Gerd Janson and many more.
Inspired by thoughts on a near future vision of post-referendum Britain, the atmospheric Late For Sum opens the EP. It describes a ‘shutters down’ land, where there’s economic change but also a sense of detachment, isolation and anger. The release also includes the club focused Kincaid’s ‘Sleep Deprived’ Version that lifts the piece ever so slightly from it’s dystopian nature to give the listener a glimmer of hope and get their feet tapping.
The physical release also includes the four remixes Kincaid created for solo Blancmange tracks over the last two years: What’s The Time? which Dixon and me opened their Albert Hall set with. Distant Storm, (spun by Nemone on Radio 6) Not A Priority and I Smashed Your Phone, taken from the albums Unfurnished Rooms and Wanderlust. All these are compiled on vinyl and CD for the first time.
Meanwhile, Kincaid’s solo output has encompassed a diverse yet recognisable style of enigmatic soundscapes and dance floor anomalies. There’s also an underlying post punk influence, heavily reflected in his DJ sets and previous releases through Futureboogie, Disco Halal and Aeon.
Joe expresses “It’s opened doors for both of us that we didn’t know were even there before, and I think particularly with tracks like ‘Late For Sum’ has allowed us to bring a lot of creativity to the process” explains Joe, who also came up with all the artwork for the release. “We usually bounce the ideas back and forth as short loops and then get together in the studio back home to finish them off, with a few dog walks and beans on toast breaks thrown in”
As Neil says, “To describe the pride I feel at this opportunity to collaborate with my son Joe, is almost beyond words. Having Kincaid’s Blancmange remixes released together for the first time on vinyl, alongside our collaborative piece and his remix interpretation, is a very significant moment for this father and son collaboration. Working with Joe has and will continue to be an education, in terms of his approach, style and the influences he brings into this project.”