rslecvrThis CD is now available now on the Sound Anatomy label. Core Lightning Ensemble trio of Richard Scott, Philip Marks and myself augmented on several tracks by Sam Andreae with all the detail captured by Sam Weaver up on the 5th floor of Islington Mill, Salford. Really pleased to have the work of this group captured so well in a recording; the combination of modular synths (direct line with room monitor) acoustic guitar (hardly any projection outside a tiny room this was a big room) percussion (potentially massive projection) and saxophone (way directional masive projection) could be a real trial to record and mix well but Sam does a great job here. Intense lift in the mastering stage from Richard Scott in the Sound Anatomy Studio too.


Light Rail Recordings: Manchester//Moscow//Tokyo 2015-2017

Really happy with this work! A composition assembled from bits of recordings of light railways with pickups over a few years and various home and away journeys.

“Double A side lathe cut 7″ of compositions using recordings of public transport systems using pickups and guitars. Recordings made in Manchester Summer 2015 using a single coil taken from an old strat copy Orla gave me in 2001, Moscow August 2016 using twin entwistle humbuckers and Tokyo April 2017 stock pickups on my squier jazzmaster.

Edited and mixed in Stretford, Manchester June 2017.

Limited edition lathe cut 7″ and DL

Vernacular Recordings 005D”

Tell the same story twice

Really happy to finally have some time to get this one up online. Its from a trio sound drawing session with Naomi Kendrick and Dan Bridgwood Hill which was recorded last August by Sam Weaver with Video and Stills by Andrew Brooks. This playing together formed a larger part of an Arts Council England project Naomi was working on which you can read about here. The sound released here is kind of a nice left over, the main outcome was to have quality audio to use in the short film below. Have done many sessions in duo with various guests with Dan over time working in this slowly evolving, post rock drone out sort of manner and its really nice to have one that folks can hear.


Andreae Birchall Willberg business

Lovely bit of video capturing a gig we did at ReNTReC in Beppu on our AIDF supported trip to Japan in April has surfaced here. Really shows some of the mix close detailed listening, movement/actions based things and listening in space that we dug into working with on that trip! If you ever find yourself in Beppu (and I’d totally recommend the seaside vibes combined with incredible 43 degree hot mineral water Onsen baths that are all over the town) do visit ReNTReC, its a great little shop packed full of stuff hidden away down an arcade under railway arches into the town’s station.

Also a thoughtful review of our ‘A Hair in the Chimney’ record featured in this months jazz column in the Quietus ‘Complete Communion’ written by Stewart Smith. Really nice to be featured among such excellent artists!


“Top-notch weirdo jams from the north of England. Featuring Sloth Racket’s Sam Andreae on saxophone, David Birchall on guitar, and Otto Willberg on double bass, Hair In The Chimney brings an underground sensibility to free improvisation, with the musicians using unconventional techniques to defamiliarise their instruments. On ‘Endless Blue Meander’ (nice Eno reference!) Birchall’s guitar is effectively a percussion instrument, as he taps the amplified body with drumsticks, strikes the strings behind the neck, and rubs objects into the pick-ups. Tap, ping, crackle. Andrae emits a few mouthpiece sputters, but much of his playing is textural or percussive, as he taps the bell with a coin, and removes the neck altogether, treating it as a high-end tin whistle. Willberg occasionally frames these abstractions with free jazz bass runs, but he’s by no means the straight man, as his outré vocabulary of snapped strings and growling arco effects attests. ‘Sockets Filled Up With Eyes’ offers Whammy pedal pitch wobbles and all manner of Cage-ian bass preparations, concluding with an insect ballet set to ghostly drones.”

Record is here::


ACDB Before Common era duo

First play the other night for ages in duo with Andrew Cheetham.

You can still, i think get our debut release from 2012 here:


We played alot together round that time so it was good to revisit the duo vibe. Recently we’ve more or less ended up playing together loads but within other groups: ABC Trio with Sam Andreae, in quartet with Otto Willberg and Colin Webster and in Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura. But here’s a slice of duo action”