Since issuing a clutch of 12â€ťs in the late-noughties and the 2008 release of his debut album Where Were U In 92? - a rave-homage made using equipment from the period - Zomby has consistently proven himself to be a unique presence in an increasingly cluttered field.
Following the success of his debut, it took him three long, thoughtful years to next break cover, this time with an altogether different record. Dedication (2011) was an after-hours meditation on mortality, weighed down with an audible sadness, and it was abundantly clear why he had taken time out. Not only did it deliver an unexpected twist, its surprisingly human qualities also offered a rare, candid glimpse of an artist who prefers anonymity and little fanfare. The response was unanimous - he had written a modern masterpiece: â€śA mind-blowing record and one that will stand the test of timeâ€ť DJ (9/10); â€śDownbeat and terrifically eerieâ€ť The Observer (4/5); â€śThe scary thing is (that) heâ€™s anywhere near peakedâ€ť FACT (4.5/5). An accompanying seven-track EP (Nothing) followed six months later, acting both as an encore bow and cue to retreat back to the shadows. With Love is Zomby's third album. An astonishing 33 tracks that collectively trace an arc through dance musicâ€™s history, revealing an artist in his most creative phase yet. Divided in to two volumes that move invariably between a dancefloor focus and darkened emotional introspection, With Love is the work of a producer who has absorbed the shifting textures and plains of electronic music first hand, and reconfigured them into a definitive, sprawling love letter to the soulful dance music of his past.
Using four tracks from Zomby's forthcoming album, With Love, London based director Ollie Evans has created a tableau vivant-inspired short to preview the new record. Filmed in monochrome and slow motion, Evans takes excerpts from 'Ascension', 'Sunshine in November', 'Overdose' and 'Memories' to portray a movement through life and death.