“Touching Bass is a musical movement,” Errol Anderson tells DJ Mag. “And when I say movement, I’m thinking of forward movement — energy.” Alex Rita nods in agreement. “Yeah, movement is probably the best word — and intention.”
When we catch up with the Touching Bass label heads, the pair are seated in the front room of their home in South London, the space from which they broadcast their regular NTS show, plan parties and releases and even host the occasional event. Artist portraits, posters and other event memorabilia fill the wall above their record collection, evergreen foliage framing the scene. Although our planned in-person meet-up has been forced back into the digital realm, it’s evident from the screen that music is, for them, a way of life.
“I would say our focus is groove-based,” Errol continues. “Anything from jazz all the way up to jungle. We want to be forward-thinking, very much paying respect to what has come before, but also exploring new territories and connections.”
The words Touching Bass evoke a stream of thoughts. From reconnecting with something or someone lost, to returning to a ‘home base’, or simply being moved by the lower frequencies, its range of interpretations suggests an open yet deliberative worldview.