Grand Central made their first excursion west of Bristol via sonic emissary Henry Smithson. When not unleashing champion sounds through his superb Switch label, Henry could be found sketching out a strange brew of downtempo soul by way of Rae & Christian’s legendary imprint – his ‘Beats Du Jour’ LP as Riton described by The Face as “rocking like a submerged volcano.”
I’d just caught Henry at the right time, as he’d done a few EP’s on his own label, Switch, based in Newcastle before signing to Grand Central. I’d reviewed a few records, and approached him through the label. Then playing out quite a bit, but prior to his hanging out with Soulwax and residency at the 333, he came down to grace Deconstructed Live #20 for a minute fee and a free tea.