Deconstructed Live: Jon Sheppard (Pork Recordings/Nice Up!/Bestival/Big Chill)

Hull’s finest, and admittedly only, beat warriors have shown a persistent reluctance to comply with neat categorisations – preferring instead to duck convenient labelling by the media in an ongoing quest to replace bland, genre-specific beats with something a great deal more wholesome. While the swirling synths which run through the “Tetris” LP are distinctly house, other elements were much harder to pin down; as the percussion wanders far from four to the floor constraints the melodics are equally freewheeling – shape-shifting from the super sharp horn samples of “Bye, Bye Baby” right through to the slippery keys of “White Russian.” By way of contrast, the second half of the album gave way to a series of Nightmares On Wax inspired smokers delights; dubbed low end providing the framework for sprawling soundscapes – Tatiana Ipatova’s occasional vocal touches soaked up by these all-enveloping sonic snowdrifts.

With Porky otherwise unavailable, he sent representative DJ Shepdog for the first of five visits west, the last of which – we kid you not – in a private investigative capacity, with button hole camera and other recording tech-trickery. Shep has since established the Nice Up! label, and is a regular at Bestival and the Big Chill.

About Kingsley Marshall

Kingsley Marshall is Head of Film at the CILECT accredited School of Film & Television based within Falmouth University in the UK. The subject area consists of 28 staff working with 300 undergraduates studying the Skillset accredited BA (Hons) Film degree, supplemented by a postgraduate community studying from MA level through to PhD. Kingsley’s research and practice primarily orientates around the use of sound (including music and effects) in cinema and television, and the production of short and micro-budget feature films, executive producing Wilderness (Doherty, 2017) which won 11 awards at 16 international film festivals since making its premiere at Cinequest in 2017, and producing Project 18 (Mackfall, 2018), currently in post-production. For over twenty years he has worked as a journalist, interviewing filmmakers, musicians, and designers for over 30 publications and broadcasters worldwide, written album sleeve notes and biographies for over 100 artists, and contributed to anthologies on hip hop and soul. He can be found on Twitter as @kingsleydc