Rude Audio are releasing the ‘Half Moon Lane Glitter’ single from their newest ‘Rudest’ EP (via Zirkus Records), a track that reflects the band’s love of short and sweet stompathons – pulsating electronics meet staccato piano, uptown.The art and film for the accompanying video were created by Robert Bell.
The four-track ‘Rudest’ EPsees the band refining their trademark sound, and fusing their love of woozy dub with throbbing electronics. Crystal Pylon’ demonstrates the band’s ability to weave the kind of hypnotic, Balaeric spell that merges an early 90s sensibility with something shiny and new. ‘Knockemdub’ is a track championed by Radio 6, featuring the dulcet tones and melodic sound of rising star Eucalypta LV and ramming it through the dubby, smoke filled orgone accumulator that comprises the collective’s hidden studio basement in the backstreets of south east London. The result is a mutant dub monster with half an eye on the appalling political melee that is Britain in 2016. ‘User’ taps into their oldest love, crunchy, chugging, dubby analogue sounds, to create something that operates in the hinterland between melodic and relentless.
This DJ and production collective range in age from 19-53 with origins rooted in the gutters of south London and north east England. Historically, they have put on brilliant underground parties, created critically acclaimed electronic music, engineered for top artists and generally popped up at events with an open-minded underground ethos.
To date Rude Audio have three distinctly dubby and balaeric releases, which have garnered radio play and support from the likes of Don Letts, Tom Robinson, Gideon Coe and Nemone on Radio 6, Max Reinhardt on Radio 3, Rob Da Bank on Radio 1 and John Kennedy on XFM. They have also recently remixed the single Off The Drop for Bedford Falls Players, which is set for release this summer, and have produced music for End Recordings.
Rude Audio have also previously released music as part of Unusual & Electric, where they were championed by Coldcut,Laurent Garnier, Kris Needs, received support from BBC Radio DJs Nemone, Rob da Bank and Gideon Coe, as well as Drowned In Sound and Clash Music.
Rude Audio includes Mark Ratcliff (arrangement, production and keyboards), Amanda Greatorex (vocals and lyrics), Eucalypta LV (guest vocals), Lamis Harper (piano and keys), Tony Shea (guitar and ostrich guitar), and Owain Lloyd (mixing desk and lyrics), who just finished up a tour with Paul Weller and began a new one with Stereophonics.
Currently Rude Audio are hosts and residents at Kentish Town’sFlaxon Ptootch, an underground music and gallery space where they DJ and play alongside special guests to soundtrack monthly free shindigs that have cult status, among those in the know. Obscure music verging on the weird and wonderful is presented by artists ranging from The Chemical Brothers and Patrick Forge, who played in March, The Guvnor Andrew Weatherall in April, to be followed by Jakwob in May. Diverse DJs and producers regularly drop in, dig deep and play anything they desire, with no music policy restrictions to adhere to. It’s within this off the beaten track music and art venue that the EP’s tunes have been refined and road tested.