Delroy Edwards – Maxwell
We’ve been big fans of L.A-based Delroy Edwards ever since he released his 4 Club Use Only EP on Ron Morelli’s L.I.E.S imprint back in 2012 – an artist he’d previously worked with in New York at A1 records. The said EP rose Edwards to underground prominence of sorts, and the release – along with his previous material – is founded upon raw and abrasive sample-based, beat-driven, techno infused and ghetto house foundations.There’s an intrigue to Edwards; his artfully distorted productions and simplistic approach to editing are distinguishable hallmarks of his style – he said in one interview:
“I really don’t have much. My set-up is super simple, it’s just shitty stuff that I come across—simple keyboards and drum machines—and I record to cassette most of the time…I’m just more into the rhythms, and just rough tracks…House music these days is so convoluted and I feel like the simpler the better. Use what you have and make the best of it.”
It’s this holistic, stripped-back approach to music that has resulted in such an unrefined sound spread across his output, so discerningly organic in its form and full of intrigue and contrast. One of our favourite productions of Edwards is his ghetto-fused take of Maxwell’s “Matrimony: Maybe You.” Characteristically unpolished and raw, a lo-fi rhythm underlies the base of the track as emphatic kicks and a funk-fueled bass line are married around the emotive vocals of Maxwell with Detroit-laden techno, while the guitar riff of the original creeps intermittently throughout, offsetting the track’s rough and ready exterior. Since his work on L.I.E.S Delroy Edwards has recently launched his own L.A. Club Resource label, with the first release coming from Edwards himself, a 12” comprising 2 untitled tracks described as “dark & ruff beat tracks for the club.” It’s well worth checking out, and you can buy it here.