Noisia, dBridge, Dom & Roland, Break, Audio, Black Solar Empire, Mefjus, Ed Rush & Optical, Kemal, DLR, Quadrant & Iris, Skynet, Zombie Cats and Kolectiv are simply a number of the heavyweight D&B artists to contribute to Tales – an XXXL sized trilogy compilation that pays respect the legacy and affect of Edd Optiv Holmes who sadly handed away on January 5 2020.
Three albums comprising 40 tracks from over 40 artists; Tales was curated and compiled by long-time good friend Mark CZA Clements who, alongside Optiv, was one of many founding members of pioneering act Trigger 4 Concern, a troupe who had an enormous impact on drum & bass across the flip of the century.
“Edd was some of the influential figures in our scene and that is our means of exhibiting our respects to him,” says Mark who’s been engaged on this tribute album for over two years. “Doubtless probably the most private challenge I’ve ever been concerned in, a challenge I by no means thought would see the sunshine of day, a challenge I’m now lastly capable of share with you all. It’s a celebration of Edd’s life with over 40 artists coming collectively to indicate their love & respect to one of many scenes true inspirations. A real testomony to his craft. The sentiment behind the challenge has at all times been about Edd’s youngsters – Leo & Oscar. All proceeds made out of the complete album will go on to them as a little bit of assist for after they each become older.”
Tales is available in three volumes – Origins, Evolution, Legacy – and the complete model is on the market as a restricted version USB package deal full with an unique combine and a 108 web page guide filled with tales and anecdotes from the contributing artists about Edd, his notoriously excessive manufacturing ranges, his unending help for brand new expertise and his well-known sense of humour.
The album was first introduced on Edd’s birthday, August 11 and Origins dropped final week, Friday September 2 with exclusives music from CZA, Ed Rush, Kemal, dBridge, Gridlok & Prolix, Dom & Roland, Skynet, Jazz T & Stew Criminal, Bulletproof and Killjoy.
10 tracks deep, it’s an all-star salute to a person who was taken lengthy earlier than his time and can at all times be missed. To pattern Edd’s spirit and positivity, and to grasp somewhat extra of his roots and the way he’d given his entire grownup life to drum & bass as an artist, DJ, label proprietor and – going proper again to his roots – a document store proprietor, try our interview with himself and Mark CZA from 2016.
Origins can be adopted by Evolution on September 16 and Legacy on September 29. UKF been given unique entry to the guide of tales from the album, under is only a small choice. Please help this album in any means you’ll be able to; Optiv’s affect on drum & bass won’t ever be forgotten. Relaxation In Peace.
“Edd was at all times a pleasure to be round. He was at all times optimistic, full of fine vitality and an ideal stability of well mannered and courteous but cheeky and enjoyable.
He would at all times assist you if he might. He was very forthcoming together with his huge data of music manufacturing and his tunes had been additionally a terrific stability of being extraordinarily dancefloor pleasant but at all times made fascinating listening in a non-dancefloor setting. His music had an actual signature sound and he by no means dissatisfied together with his heavyweight fashion.
He wrote some absolute bangers in his time, a few of which we had been lucky sufficient to launch on Virus Recordings. I spent a while attending to know him through the years when our paths would cross on the street doing exhibits right here and there.
He had a superb sense of humour and was at all times up for amusing. You’ll be sadly missed mate however by no means forgotten and you reside on by means of all of the wonderful music you blessed us with throughout the course of your profession.” – ED RUSH
“We’ve at all times been clear in regards to the nice affect C4C had on us after we had been getting began. Peep Present, Synergy, Facelift, and in a while Camouflage and Service actually formed the sound we had been after for a very long time. Together with all the opposite tunes in fact, however these are those I’ll at all times come again to, as a result of I performed them a lot in my teenage years and early twenties.See Also:S.C.A.B. Announce New Album: Hear Lead Single «Tuesday»
After I was simply 18, Nik and I went to Tilburg to go to a Virus night time. Martijn actually wished to return alongside, however was nonetheless beneath age and it was a 3-hour prepare journey, so he wasn’t gonna danger not being allowed in. I had a minidisc participant with me, with a mic enter that might document simply by plugging the headphones into the mic enter. I recorded a couple of tunes I didn’t know that night time and uploaded them to DOA to get IDs. They had been actually all C4C tunes. That’s how a lot I used to be in love with that sound again then, even after I didn’t realize it was C4C the tracks stood out to me.
Once we had been ending up Foundations, we had been nonetheless processing the lack of Edd. It’s named after the inspiration he and C4C laid out for the three of us and Mefjus to construct our respective careers on.
C4C, thanks and a lot respect for all the things you’ve finished to drive the sound of DnB ahead. Edd, we miss working into you on occasion. It’s not the identical <3” THYS (on behalf of Noisia and Mefjus)
“My reminiscence Is horrible! The BC days had been a Purple haze however what I’ll say is I had the upmost respect and admiration for Edd as an artist and individual, each time we met, he was nothing however good and his musical legacy is enviable and to be extremely regarded. I’ve lots of his information in my vinyl assortment and I’m fussy lol.” – DBRIDGE
“Hardly ever seen with out a smile, the creator, curator, originator, and chief of tech funk D&B world! Relentless vitality injected into an excessive amount of unimaginable seminal music to say… the funk lives on eternally, by no means a day will go by with out the inspiration that Edd left us.” – DLR
“Optiv made an enormous influence on my musical journey. I collected stacks of C4C and Optiv information rising up so when given the possibility to satisfy him, the C4C crew and finally launch on the label it was a dream come true. From going deep in on the technicalities of D&B manufacturing myself, Edd is likely one of the few folks I nonetheless hearken to and go, ‘How the hell did he try this?’ I’ve learnt a lot from obsessing over his music, he actually was one of many few true pioneers of D&B. He’s touched so many individuals together with his creations and can reside on by means of his music for a few years to return.” – BREAK
“I’ll at all times keep in mind Edd as a sort and beneficiant soul. A bit like myself his darker facet solely actually got here out by means of his music! The final time I noticed him was a gig we performed collectively on an previous transformed battleship in Germany on Christmas Day. I keep in mind it as a result of unusually we ate on web site round an enormous desk and the chef got here out and introduced that he had cooked “bunny” for dinner! A great deal of the folks there have been vegetarian, Edd and I couldn’t cease laughing!
For this album, I attempted to make a monitor that Edd would have favored. He was at all times into distortion, funk and the Skullsnaps break so I took it in that route. Wherever you might be Edd, I hope you prefer it!” – DOM & ROLAND
“I first received to know Edd by means of music… Peep Present by C4C was like a revelation to me as a result of it took the arpeggio riff fashion from basic techno/acid into a brand new futuristic realm that I had by no means heard earlier than. It was magical.
Then through the years as a part of C4C after which in a while doing two unimaginable LPs with BTK for Virus he continued to blow my thoughts as an artist and as a producer. I can completely admit to being jealous of his combine strategies many instances over the numerous years I’ve identified him. His musical legacy will at all times be a part of our lives eternally.
However greater than that… on a private degree… he was simply such a superb individual. I do know folks say that, however he was at all times very sort, very humble and made me chuckle loads too. He would at all times be prepared to offer me recommendations on being a greater engineer after I requested him for recommendation and by no means made me really feel silly for asking. I miss him. RIP Edd Optiv Holmes.” – OPTICAL