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Beta Hector - Sunbeam Insulin - out on Tru Thoughts Recordings



Beta Hector Sunbeam Insulin
Beta Hector - Sunbeam Insulin
(CD/Digital) Tru Thoughts TRUCD236, 2011-09-12

Early august a free single of Jupiter Mission will be available through bandcamp. Beta Hector used to be in deep funk / heavy soul outfit Baby Charles. In April 2010 Tru Thoughts released his debut single Payback on 7" vinyl featuring his old comrade Dionne Charles on vocals. His debut album Sunbeam Insulin is due for release on 12th Sept 2011. The first single will be 'Jupiter Mission' featuring his sister Joanna on throwback rap duties. The single comes out on 1st August (with a free giveaway campaign on Bandcamp), and will be accompanied by a very nice animated music video... There will also be a live Beta Hector band available from August, which features members of his old bands Baby Charles and Kalakuta Millionaires. Watch out!

Beta Hector Sunbeam Insulin
Beta Hector - Sunbeam Insulin
(CD/Digital) Tru Thoughts TRUCD236, 2011-09-12

beta hector - sunbeam insulin mini-mix by beta hector

Beta Hector - Jupiter Mission by Tru Thoughts

Tracklisting :
01. Hexagon
02. Sleepwalking
03. Payback
04. Oracle Bones
05. Invasion
06. Trust Me
07. Super Bionic
08. Creepin'
09. Thousand Yard Stare
10. In My Skin
11. Jupiter Mission
12. Morning Train
13. The Next Level

Links :
Beta Hector : official | bandcamp | facebook | mixcloud | myspace | soundcloud | twitter
Tru Thoughts : official | etchshop | facebook | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube



Press Release :
"Sunbeam Insulin" is the debut solo album from Brighton based producer Beta Hector, out on 12th September on Tru Thoughts. A mixture of heavy drums and psychedelic electronic sonics, the album brings a diverse selection of soulful, bittersweet songs and soundtracks, with five vocalists including UK soul queen Dionne Charles and LA MC Shane Hunter.

The man behind Beta Hector is bassist, producer and DJ Simon Hill, a founder member of the erstwhile deep funk band Baby Charles (along with long-time collaborator Dionne Charles) who received rave reviews in the likes of MOJO and Pitchfork for their debut album in 2008, and toured around Europe including Glastonbury festival. 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.

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 taste of Hill's solo project 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.

The first single from the 'Sunbeam Insulin' album is "Jupiter Mission", out on 8th August. A disco-inflected track voiced by Hill's sister Jo, with a distinct sci-fi bent – the lyrics are about 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. The retro-futuristic space-age feel pervades through the album. The Afrobeat and dubstep-inspired opener "Hexagon", that nods to Flying Lotus with its oddball 6/4 rhythm and analogue synth recording, slides into 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 shiny new version of "Payback" features; there's also a more psychedelic album version of "Creepin'". Elsewhere, on "Oracle Bones" and "Thousand Yard Stare" you'll hear the unique lyrical style and ideas of MC Shane Hunter, who found Beta Hector on Myspace (remember that?) and a mutual love of each other's work was born. "Trust Me" brings '60s Ipanema vibes, and Dionne Charles shows her soft side in "Morning Train", a tender, soulful lament.

Biography :
"One upon a time I formed a deep funk / heavy soul outfit called Baby Charles. We had a great time together, making our album and touring Europe, right up until we called it a day in November 2010. Throughout the Baby Charles years I also enjoyed working alone, experimenting with beats and loops, which is something I've been doing since the late nineties.

In April 2010 Tru Thoughts released my debut single 'Payback' on 7" vinyl featuring my old comrade Dionne Charles. (Click the free track link on my homepage.)

My debut album 'Sunbeam Insulin' is due for release on 12th Sept 2011. The first single will be 'Jupiter Mission' featuring my sister Joanna on throwback rap duties. It comes out on 1st August, and will be accompanied by a very nice animated music video...

There will also be a live Beta Hector band available from August, which features members of my old bands Baby Charles and Kalakuta Millionaires. Watch out!

Oh yeah, and I'm a pretty good DJ too, still rocking my 45s and hiphop 12s, so get in touch via my contact form if you want to book me.

Bests"

Simon Hill aka Beta Hector
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