“You can’t really talk about being 20 without mentioning student loans,” laughs producer John Howes. “I was in the last year before things got a bit stricter.” Howes’ 2013 has been “pretty tame” so far – he’s spent it working on his eclectic, hiss-covered techno, which he claims draws as much from afrobeat as 90s electronic experiments. “The whole of the early 90s UK sound is appealing to me.
It was a pretty strong time for bedroom electronica and that lives on today.” His debut is the catchily titled “TD-W700/LEAZES”, a 12” released on Melodic this month. “Twenty is a weird age because you’re too old to call yourself a kid but not old enough to really have your shit together,” he says. “That’s a really good thing though. It makes you feel quite invincible."
Howes' TD-W700 / Leazes EP is released July 29 on Melodic. Preorder here.
1993 POP QUIZ
Patricia Arquette or Demi Moore? Patricia Arquette.
Nirvana or Smashing Pumpkins? Nirvana.
Wu-Tang or A Tribe Called Quest? A Tribe Called Quest.
Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton? Bill Clinton.
Edward Furlong or Christian Slater? Edward Furlong.
Poetic Justice or Menace II Society? Menace II Society.
Jurassic Park or Groundhog Day? Groundhog Day.
Trainspotting or The Virgin Suicides? Trainspotting.
Beavis or Butthead? Butthead.
Kate Moss or Naomi Campbell? Kate Moss.
Mortal Kombat or Super Mario Bros? Super Mario Bros.
Young and beautiful or old and wise? Old and wise.
Dalston or Peckham? Peckham.
Lollapalooza or LOLZ? LOLZ.
RuPaul or Ron Jeremy? Ron Jeremy.
Retro or future? Future.
Drunk or sober? Drunk.
War or peace? Peace.
Night or day? Night.
Party or bullshit? Bullshit.
Striped knit jumper by Prada; t-shirt worn underneath Howes' own