We go Inside The 'I' Album with Voyeur

MadTech / Madhouse favourites Leo Picking and Benson Herbert aka Voyeur have been making serious moves since breaking through in 2012. The boys are set to drop their debut album on Kerri’s Kaoz Theory imprint this Autumn and we caught up with the lads to discuss the album in depth.

Voyeur’s “I” Album is out on Traxsource HERE.




Silents:

Silents is a composition that has been through numerous guises throughout at least 4-5 years, this is essentially the beat-less version. It is built around a long piano improvisation that Leo recorded in the studio one night. The name Silents (plural) comes from the overlaying of ambient room noise in this recording. It also features some natural sound recordings made around the same time. It also features an amazing interview clip from one our favourite directors.


Presence:

Presence is another track we had lying dormant for quite a while. We had both written the groove in our first year or two of producing together. The track also features a lot of live recording from the studio and samples some of same piano recording session used for Silents and the two tracks felt as though they should be side by side. The tune takes its influence from Kerri’s old productions, stuff like “Glory To God” from his Ionosphere EP (1994).


Nina:

Nina was inspired but one of our favourite all time artists and is one of favourite tracks on the album. We’ve always wanted to try and make music that can be played in the club but still keep an element of beauty and feeling. This track is made up of tons and tons of different samples from various tracks we have twisted a mangled to form different sounds. We had a lot of fun making this track and it came out really naturally.


Seamless Seamstress:

This track is made up of a lot of studio recordings taken over some time. Drum recordings from Leo’s old friend Jake Long and the incredible screeching ‘Psycho’ style (Alfred Hitchcock) violins are by Aimée Ingham. These come from a different recording but fell right into place here. We originally made this track a while back but always felt it was an album track, as its a track we just took our time on, arrangement wise, to build and morph from light keys into a darker territory.


Space Voyage:

We’re big fans of trip hop and hip hop, and made a lot of that previously to starting Voyeur, so we wanted to showcase some of that in the album. We also didn’t want the album to be confined to straight 4/4 house and that’s one of the reasons we included this track in the album. We were also inspired to put this on the album as some of our favourite albums feature a blend of genres and we wanted to do the same with this.


Tough Love:

This track has a really raw and gritty, hard sound to it but also has this opposing heartfelt piano riff and vocals, hence the name of the track.


Long Beach Island ft. Kerri Chandler:

Kerri sent us a Whatsapp voice note describing the flooding in one of his favourite holiday spots and we chopped it all up and laced the Electribe full of percussion samples and the track came out in a couple of hours. The influences come from all over on this one, a lot of the old Detroit juke stuff for the vocal.


Patron Saint (co prod. By Kerri Chandler)

Patron Saint is a homage to and re-interpretation of 90’s house music. We played the track to Kerri in its very early stages and he liked the vibe and so we worked on it together. He also has a very strange story about a friend of his sending a letter, calling him the “Patron Saint of her exhibition”, after he bought some of her pieces, crazy!


Spirituality:

Spirituality is completely centered around the Moog bass line (two recordings of the same line phasing one another.) The rest fell into place fairly easily. A lot of the other sounds, drones and feedback noises, also come from the same Moog Slim Phatty.


Lost In Paris:

The final track: Lost In Paris, is another that has been written over a number of years and changed a lot too. We started it shortly after feeling inspired after a show we played in Paris. We got lost coming back and were walking around Paris for ages. We wanted to build a beautiful strings track to finish the album off and after weeks and weeks of digging through classical records found a combination of sounds and resonant harmonics that really worked well together. Cheeky vocal clips from one of our favourite films too.


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