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Beta Hector - Jupiter Mission - out on Tru Thoughts Recordings



Beta Hector Jupiter Mission
Beta Hector - Jupiter Mission
(Digital Single) Tru Thoughts TRUDD027, 2011-08-08

Jupiter Mission, out as a free download on 8th August, is the first single from Beta Hector's upcoming debut solo album Sunbeam Insulin. The retro sci-fi feel and offbeat storytelling calls to mind Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips. This single is the perfect introduction to the album, which reveals a shimmering mixture of heavy drums and psychedelic electronic sonics, soulful, bittersweet songs and soundtracks, with five vocalists including UK soul queen Dionne Charles and LA MC Shane Hunter. Beta Hector is the solo project of Brighton based bassist, producer and DJ Simon Hill, a founder member of the erstwhile deep funk band Baby Charles who burned brightly in the funk/soul renaissance of the 2000s.

Beta Hector Jupiter Mission
Beta Hector - Jupiter Mission
(Digital Single) Tru Thoughts TRUDD027, 2011-08-08

Beta Hector - Jupiter Mission by Tru Thoughts

Tracklisting :
01. Jupiter Mission
02. Hexagon
03. Jupiter Mission (Instrumental)

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Press Release :
Jupiter Mission, out as a free download on 8th August, is the first single from Beta Hector’s upcoming debut solo album “Sunbeam Insulin”. The retro sci-fi feel and offbeat storytelling calls to mind Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips. This single is the perfect introduction to the album, which reveals a shimmering mixture of heavy drums and psychedelic electronic sonics, soulful, bittersweet songs and soundtracks, with five vocalists including UK soul queen Dionne Charles and LA MC Shane Hunter.

Beta Hector is the solo project of Brighton based bassist, producer and DJ Simon Hill, a founder member of the erstwhile deep funk band Baby Charles who gained rave reviews in MOJO and Pitchfork for their debut album in 2008 and toured around Europe. With major radio play from Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 1), several sessions for the BBC including Mark Lamarr (Radio 2) and the 6Music Funk & Soul Show, plus heavy international support, they burned brightly in the funk/soul renaissance of the 2000s.

Hill has been making beats and loops since the late nineties, and Beta Hector was born out of experimenting with heavy drum loops, bass lines, analogue synths, guitars, vintage tape machines, and a range of talented vocalists. The first tracks appeared on the “Payback”/”Creepin’” 7” single which was released in 2010, in line with the ‘Tru Thoughts Funk’ compilation. The striking and raw old school funk vibe teamed with crashy drums and whirring synth electro production caught Tru Thoughts A&R Robert Luis’ ear immediately, and he snapped up the two tracks as new bonus material for the compilation. The two songs, both featuring Dionne Charles on vocals, were met with a great reaction from the likes of DJ Food, DJ Format and Laurent Garnier, and plans were laid for this exciting new album.

“Jupiter Mission” is a disco-inflected track voiced by Hill’s sister Jo, with a distinct sci-fi bent – the lyrics tell of an intergalactic incident featuring a character called ‘serial no.815’, and the music was made to suit the vocals and the story using software synths, bass guitar, and percussion. Simon Hill says: “I’ll never forget hearing my younger sister Jo rapping along with Debbie Harry on ‘Rapture’ when I was DJing at a house party about 10 years ago. I remember thinking “cool, one day I’ll use her on a throwback disco rap tune.”

The ‘Sunbeam Insulin’ album is out on 12th September, and the retro-futuristic fantastical vibe pervades the record. The Afrobeat and dubstep-inspired opener “Hexagon” nods to Flying Lotus with its oddball 6/4 rhythm and analogue synth recording; it is followed by the eerie “Sleepwalking” which pairs singer Sarah Gardner’s crystal clear voice with a dark instrumental track, inspired by Portishead, Broadcast and the Heliocentrics. A re-worked version of “Payback” features, as does a new, more psychedelic album version of “Creepin’”. On “Oracle Bones” and “Thousand Yard Stare” you’ll hear the unique lyrical style and ideas of MC Shane Hunter. “Trust Me” brings ‘60s Ipanema vibes, and Dionne Charles shows her soft side in “Morning Train”, a tender, soulful lament.

Simon Hill has DJ’ed since the late nineties and has collected vinyl since his late teens. His sets include a flowing mixture of raw vintage soul, rhythm ‘n’ blues and heavy funk 45s and classic hip hop 12s, with some tropical and other eclectic grooves thrown in for good measure. He has just formed the Beta Hector Band to take the new album on the road.
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