Joe Armon-Jones and Maxwell Owin join forces on new album ‘Archetype’.
The two are pivotal figures in the South London underground, both arch collaborators in their field. Joe Armon-Jones holds down a permanent role on keys in Ezra Collective, while Maxwell Owin’s wide-ranging catalogue includes production stints alongside Clash favourite Pinty.
New album ‘Archetype’ is out on June 9th (order it online now) a full length team up between two old friends. Guests include vocalists such as Lex Amor, Fatima and Rocks FOE, while instrumental collaborators include Shabaka Hutchings and the mighty Mala.
Attempting to pin the record down, Maxwell Owin comments: “It’s the soulfulness you’re trying to pin down. It’s always amorphous, changing… just beyond words.”
Title track ‘Archetype’ is out now, melding together improvisatory jazz aspects, and a rough ‘n’ ready shuffle that points to dark garage and grime O the Ghost supplies guest bars, and the glacial feel has an slight sense of paranoia.
Speaking on the track, Joe Armon-Jones labels ‘Archetype’ “the prototype, the original that is now imitated. This was the inspirational theme running through this whole album process: drawing from older music that we consider to be the Archetype of what we do now, in order to move our sound forward.”
RUFFMERCY constructs the visuals, which you can check out below.
Photo Credit: Danny Trachtenberg