The UK has a long history of talented bass manipulators, and Joe Cowton has proven himself worthy of being included amongst their ranks. Both solo as Kowton, and with Bristol luminaries Peverelist and Asusu as Livity Sound, he’s had a string of releases showcasing a talent for inventive rhythms. In many ways, the music he creates is techno, albeit a raw, stripped-down variant of the genre: influenced by the low-end-heavy mutations of the UK hardcore continuum.
He’s contributed floor-smashing tunes to imprints like Idle Hands, All Caps, Naked Lunch, Hessle Audio and Keysound, but his collaborations with Peverelist have proved particularly potent, setting the stage for his own move toward a more focused sound palette. Now based in London, he’s prepared to make a full-length statement with his debut solo album, Utility, this April.
In this excerpt from his Fireside Chat on RBMA Radio, Lauren Martin spoke to Kowton about beginnings, process and techno in 2016.