ARTIST: BE (GARTH BE)
ALBUM: THE SEVEN MOVEMENTS
LABEL (YEAR): SWEET STICKY (2014)
FOR FANS OF: FLOATING POINTS, THEO PARRISH, KYLE HALL, MOODYMAN
Words by Jasper Morvaridi
The Seven Movements is a perfectly executed album, consisting of jazz-inflected house jams, meditative states and MPC grooves.
There’s very little known about Manchester based BE (Garth Be). The Seven Movements was his debut full-length, self-released in 2014 on his own Sweet Sticky imprint. That same year, it was rightfully placed in the Top 10 of both Phonica Records’ and Piccadilly Records’ end of year lists, with very accurate comparisons to the likes of Floating Points, Theo Parrish, Kyle Hall and Moodyman.
As the title suggests, it consists of seven tracks - all of which explore a variety of soulful styles of house. ‘Marquis’ starts things off, with offset beats, a funk bassline and Rhodes keys, while ‘Dreamline’ takes things onto a jazz-influenced house number, followed by ‘Dontwant’ - an incredibly infectious MPC jam. On the flip, ‘Houskeysonbrandy’ taps into Detroit sounds, with lush pads that swirl around the four-to-the-floor driven beat; ‘Monday Club / Tuesday Nite’ consists of a killer sample hook-line: “on and on”; ‘GYB3’ takes the listener to a faraway place with distant, celestial synth-lines; and to finish, album closer ‘Teakayo’ is another perfected MPC workout.
Who is BE (Garth Be)? For me, that question remains unimportant. The music does the talking.
In Garth’s own words, “find your place in the cosmos and unwind your mind!”