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~ Beta Hector
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD027
Jupiter Mission is the first single from Beta Hector’s upcoming debut solo album “Sunbeam Insulin”. The retro sci-fi feel and offbeat storytelling calls to mind Yoshimi-era Flaming Lips. This single is the perfect introduction to the album, which reveals a shimmering mixture of heavy drums and psychedelic electronic sonics, soulful, bittersweet songs and soundtracks, with five vocalists including UK soul queen Dionne Charles and LA MC Shane Hunter.
Beta Hector is the solo project of Brighton based bassist, producer and DJ Simon Hill, a founder member of the erstwhile deep funk band Baby Charles who gained rave reviews in MOJO and Pitchfork for their debut album in 2008 and toured around Europe. Hill has been making beats and loops since the late nineties, and Beta Hector was born out of experimenting with heavy drum loops, bass lines, analogue synths, guitars, vintage tape machines, and a range of talented vocalists.
“Jupiter Mission” is a disco-inflected track voiced by Hill’s sister Jo, with a distinct sci-fi bent – the lyrics tell of an intergalactic incident featuring a character called ‘serial no.815’, and the music was made to suit the vocals and the story using software synths, bass guitar, and percussion. Simon Hill says: “I’ll never forget hearing my younger sister Jo rapping along with Debbie Harry on ‘Rapture’ when I was DJing at a house party about 10 years ago. I remember thinking “cool, one day I’ll use her on a throwback disco rap tune.”
The ‘Sunbeam Insulin’ album is out on 12th September, and the retro-futuristic fantastical vibe pervades the record.