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Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto – Quatermass Seven

Little Barrie and Malcolm Catto team up to for 7 tracks of breaks and sci-fi fuzz for Madlib Invazion.


Born in a Dalston basement, Quatermass Seven by Little Barrie & Malcolm Catto could only have been produced in the colourful streets of sprawling London. Driven by the three contributing musicians’ 25-year plus journey through multiple genres and inspirations, what you will hear in its seven tracks is the ‘60s British blues explosion colliding with a mid ‘70s Bronx block party; Haight Ashbury acid rock mashed up with Manchester’s summer of love circa ’88; or a prime slice of UK freakbeat broadcast from New York’s jazz underground, emerging kicking and screaming above London city tower blocks.

This meeting of minds between guitarist Barrie Cadogan, bassist Lewis Wharton and drummer Malcolm Catto represents a re-birth of sorts for Little Barrie, with these their first recordings since 2017’s critically received Death Express album, and the sad and untimely passing of friend and drummer Virgil Howe. Following a difficult period of soul searching for both Barrie and Lewis, they made the decision to record again: knowing they weren’t looking for a replacement for Virgil.

With most tracks recorded live with minimal overdubs, produced by Malcolm at his Quatermass studios in London’s borough of Hackney, The Heliocentrics’ main man brings new flavor to the band’s rhythm section by blending his power behind the drums and his expansive mixing desk skills to take Little Barrie’s music into new territories.Recorded on Catto’s treasure trove of analogue gear, and mastered onto ¼” tape, the overall effect is guitar, bass and drums finding the sweet spot where genres collide.

What Quatermass Seven delivers is a darker, deeper and more expansive set of grooves, layered with frazzled and flawless guitar lines and flowing melodies, as well as pointing toward a future of exciting new musical opportunities. “Still here, so fine, just a little darker state of mind” sings Cadogan on ‘Steel Drum’: words which sum up hope in times of uncertainty, whilst (maybe) unintentionally offering a perfect description of the music contained herein.

Also available from Malcolm Catto’s Heliocentrics: Infinity of Now | The Last Transmission | Helio X GLK 12″ | 13 Degrees of Reality | Dance Of The Dogons (Part 2) / Noise | Before I Die feat. Guilty Simpson | Distant Star feat. MF DOOM & Percee P | Sirius B 12″ | Out There | Fallen Angels | Quartermass Session 1 | From The Deep