One could easily say that it’s kind of ironic that the very first track on Peppery’s Battlefield album is about love, but then again the album discusses life’s issues and life itself is full of ironies. Another wonder that could be pointed out is that Peppery is known for releasing a number of dancehall tracks over the years yet not one can be found on this particular album – expect the unexpected.
"It is a roots reggae based record but my involvement in various genres of music would not allow me at this time to do a complete reggae album,”
“I would also like to take my dancehall supporters with me on this special journey, hoping that they will take the time and patience to not just enjoy this album but to understand it as well.”
The album could simply be described as a predominantly reggae with a bit of fusion. It is probably worth pointing out as well that the album does have a dancehall edge to it, more noticeable in the style of delivery on tracks like “Make It Right” and “Bad Like.” The latter also put an interesting twist to the project as it is a re-work of “Yuh Nuh Bad,” which was released as part of Cut La Vis’ “One Step Forward” compilation album on Nice Up Records.
Consciousness is at the heart of this album, filled with melodious flows and topics on a variety of subjects including world affairs and romance. Peppery is an artist who prides himself on not using profanity in his lyrics so needless to say, this album is free from such term.
The flowering stage of the cannabis plant is an amazing transformation from weed to flower. The microscopic particles that develop on the leaves and buds that form gradually over time and intensities if the warmth and light conditions are peak.
Deep N Beeper / The Remixes Interview
After releasing his latest Gargantuan project through Ambiel, we thought we’d catch up with Deep for a lil Natter about it all….
Deep mate, Hi, first off, give us a little introduction as to who you are and how you first came into the world of production and sound manipulation?
Yes I am a music producer of 16 years long, and I first came into it through fascination with cutting edge noises that you heard in the dance music of the time. I loved music so much my whole life and I guess I’ve always wanted to attempt to emulate what most fascinates me in my surroundings and change it and put my own little twist into the mix.
Well thinking about the last question at that time 16 years ago it was Aphex and Squarepusher and others from the Warpy family that were the cutting edge, just going out there and experimenting with how far they could go. Also at the time more laid back and subtle I would say Massive Attack, Portishead & BOC, and Radiohead were and still are my favourite band, although I have to admit some of their tunes are too moody for me now! Nowadays I listen to these guys still, although with a more fussy selection from their work. I also currently listen to a lot of minimal/underground DNB and jungle, the dubby or more minimal end of dubstep, alot of hip-Hop, grime and frankly a quite diverse bunch of artists over a very diverse amount of genres. Too much variety to name everyone.
I have always loved mixing it up and sharing stuff with others. This group of producers range from old friends to new ones I’ve met more recently at raves, but they are all mates and great producers and I just wanted to bring some variety to my sound, see what they could do with it and ultimately create a bit of a melting pot to forge new ideas and sounds.
Two of my favourites have to be Camelphat and the convolution reverb in Max for Live. I have used and combined these in many configurations to get a very diverse swathe of sounds out of the computer.
Not going to lie, my formula is simple. Bung all the stems into Live and see what sounds I like, dump the rest and get creative. I guess a mantra could be: “don’t be scared to delete almost everything”, something I sometimes do to any track when I’m annoyed with it!
My fave 3 of mine have to be: No Rules, The Beast (Deep Dive Remix) and I Detuner. I really love the sound of these 3 and I believe they are the closest I have got to really doing something different from whats out there but still keeping it accessible. Also they are not ageing to my own ears which is a good sign. Hmmm, which remixes stray furthest from the original? Probably Pao’s & Beeba’s. They have really gone into an area where I was like WTF is this genre?! There great still, just furthest from what I did originally.
2 things from the begin of next year, that I’ve been working on with Paranoid Angel my now ex-partner but still music production partner (thankfully, I think she is an awesome producer and writer and piano player). Lab Rejects (an album) which we created from writing strange out there tracks inspired by the first one I named Lab Reject K-22. I guess the name speaks for itself. We wrote about 5 fresh tracks and also dug through my archive of old stuff and selected what we felt were some lost gems. Also in the pipeline is The Ping Vs Non-Ping EP. This is going to be our attempt or take on trip-hop, a genre for which I have always had loads of love. We’ve even written lyrics and taken to the mic as Onepacman and Paranaut. TBH I never thought I’d do this and although I won’t be battling any top MC anytime soon (LOL!) I do think the results are respectable. Also on this EP is our good friend and legend Zookeeper on the mic for a track too. I’m excited about these two. Looking forward to the new year.