Tom Churchill – Rainy Day in Clynder – 2Sox

Tom Churchill releases his first full solo EP “Rainy Day in Clynder” in 20 years on 2Sox

It may well be 20 years since Tom Churchill last made and released an EP of material under his own name. But if there’s one thing you can be sure of – his enthusiasm for all things deep and electronic has never been stronger. Over the past couple of years, a long period of reflection and rediscovery has fuelled and re-ignited his own passion for getting into the studio and following his creative intuition.

If you’re unacquainted with Tom’s work, he started making music in the mid 90s during his late teens and early 20s. Inspired by the house and techno records he was buying at the time, whilst growing up in Cardiff. During those heady days he partnered with local record aficionado Raeph Powell: co-founding Headspace Recordings along with its sister label Emoticon.

The pair went on to be responsible for releasing a slew of faultless records during the 00s, embracing a timeless ethos that has rightly earned them cult status since. Feeling the time was right to commit to releasing new music, linking up with Glasgow/Inverness label 2Sox couldn’t have come at a better time. As he puts it, “these tracks have been heavily inspired by 2 things – reconnecting with my surroundings and rediscovering my record collection – both of which have been made possible by the events over the past couple of years.”

Rainy Day In Clynder is a collection of 5 choice cuts, starting with the hefty housed up stomp of “Stickler for Details” – a rolling DX bass underpins the groove as rising chords and bleeped out melodics add texture to solid manoeuvres. Flicking into spatial cruise mode on “Triniton”, wistful chords sit atop rolling broken beats and bubbling bottom end, before you find yourself basking in the warm glow of “Glorious Solitude”.

On the flipside, the genteel mode of title track “Rainy Day In Clynder” brings deeper sensibilities to the fore as lead vibes add a classy touch that Mr Fingers would surely approve of. Last but not least, the upbeat pulse and 303 twist of “Gradients” add another tasty dimension to this classy EP.