TWX​-​015: Marble Isles

by Strict Face

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Tuff Wax Records’ 15th release hits the shelves on September 8th, courtesy of Adelaide’s Jon Santos, AKA Strict Face. ‘Marble Isles’ showcases some of the young Australian’s most promising and daring work yet, seemingly influenced in equal amounts by the thump of UK Grime, the exuberant, unabashed pop sheen of New Wave and the power & nuance of 80s Asian cinema soundtracks.

Opener ‘Slow Fields’ leads, sounding like the work of a dysfunctional string ensemble. ‘Arpeggius’, ‘In Evergreen’ and ‘New Moonlight’ are club-ready and perfectly executed - full to the brim of Neptunes-esque bounce, grimy shuffles and Santos’ remarkable ear for melody. Less devil mix and more OST epic, the smouldering 'Mountain Falls’ takes the EP to its striking conclusion with no discernible time signature or percussive drive.

Artwork by Ross J Platt - www.twitter.com/rossjplatt

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released September 8, 2014

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Tuff Wax Records Aberdeen

Founded in the tail end of 2009 in Aberdeen as a boutique label aiming to revive interest in high quality vinyl, catalogue emerging scenes in the UK and release niche, collectable low-run pressings.

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