UK funky and bassline producer Jake Hodgson aka Pharaoh K has become a regular on the Bristol scene over the last couple of years, receiving big support from some of Bristol’s best including Cubana, Freerange and Cake, where he’s sat near the top of impressive lineups.
As Pharaoh K, Jake has released on Roska’s UK funky label Roska Kicks & Snares, bass music hub Formula Records and Saucy Music, but now he’s ready to release his debut EP Party at Emma’s under his new techno-inspired alias, Seska.
He’s given Nitelife a preview of the full EP (above) before it officially drops on 1 May, when it will be available as a free download via Seska’s SoundCloud.
As Pharaoh K, Jake has released on Roska’s UK funky label Roska Kicks & Snares, bass music hub Formula Records and Saucy Music
Although the familiarity of a title like Party at Emma’s might set you up for some around the decks, late night techno experimentation, Seska’s three-track EP transports you not just to a whole different genre, but another time and place.
Retaining the UK underground-style bass weight that Pharaoh K has become trusted to deliver, he intertwines Middle Eastern influences and oud-esque string patterns as the EP progresses towards the end of its closing track, with a beautifully backseat, unceasing 4/4 beat.
Middle Eastern influences and oud-esque string patterns (…) with a beautifully backseat, unceasing 4/4 beat
‘The Pharaoh K project won’t be taking a backseat and I have lots planned for that’ Jake explains, ‘however, releasing under a different name has given me more freedom to explore a different and fresh sound, that wasn’t restricted by any boundaries that I had already set up with Pharaoh K.
‘I’m planning to release a few more short Seska EPs and am looking forward to getting much more experimental with it, and hopefully eventually heading down the avenue of albums and live sets.’
I’m looking forward to getting much more experimental with it
You can download Party at Emma’s free from 1 May via soundcloud.com/seskamusic.
Photo by Lawrence Taylor