The electronic music of Throwing Snow has always run to the future, while keeping an eye firmly on the influence of the past. His new album, ‘Dragons’, released in June via Houndstooth, intends to explore “the space between science and ancestral wisdom”. Across its 10 tracks, the London producer combines modern electronic instrumentation with traditional folk percussion like the bodhrán and daf, channeling his studies in ancient music, rituals and folklore through experimental production techniques. The resulting collection touches on techno, dubstep, jungle and two-step garage, zooming out to try and understand these sounds as part of a lineage that has spanned thousands of years, and which stretches far beyond the perceptible future.
It’s an idea that Throwing Snow also manages to capture in his Selections, which sees him celebrating rhythmic complexity across a range of styles and traditions. From furious hip-hop beat tapes and breaks from Lebanon, otherworldly sound designs and coarse melodic contortions, to liquindi water drumming and ancient ritual singing from Cameroon and masterful UK drumfunk.
Check out Throwing Snow’s ‘Dragons’ here, and dig into his Selections below.