Late in the summer of last year, we spoke with the immensely talented producer, Mark Barrott, about his label, International Feel, his work in the 1990s and 2000s as Future Loop Foundation, and his many moves, from England to Berlin to Uruguay and, finally, Ibiza, where he now dwells.
One of the big topics we addressed was the future of the beloved and revered imprint, and while Barrott didn’t have a firm sense of what would come back then, he didn’t tiptoe around the idea of simply “throwing away International Feel,” suggesting that it had perhaps run its course.
Thankfully, at the beginning of the new year, Barrott messaged us to say a new release was coming! Since we already chatted with the guy, we figured it’d be nice to work on a different variety of content with him. So, without further ado, we’re pleased to present you with a special Ibiza edition of 21 Exposures!
The new record, which finds Barrott working on his own as the Sonic Aesthetic, is out today.
1―The morning after the night before. Worked until 6 AM, stumbled into bed, forgot to turn off Ableton, and here it is, staring me in my bleary eyed face at 1 PM the next day.
2―The food to start the day. A hot ginger tea, followed by a freshly made juice of carrots, ginger, beetroot and apples. Then I’m ready to face the day !
3―And afterwards, I recommend winter sun and a quiet place to sit before answering the deluge of emails.
4―The “disused” corner of the studio―fallen out of love with Maschine; the Akai is the one I travel with; and I just remembered that the Novation is the one I used when I first moved to Uruguay, so it’s the keyboard I used to write and play the first International Feel release Rocha, Hands of Love.
5―The “trying to be arty” shot of the living room.
6―So much to do before getting some work done…. tea, juice, emails, then sunbathing, which―if you’re from the North of England like me―is somewhat amazing to be able to do in January and February.
7―The Korg MS20 Hardware Controller―it looks nice, it’s fun to twiddle, but I’ve not used it on one thing. So―back into storage !
8―The PMM―it’s a custom hand built controller for the Arturia Minimoog plugin. This I do use on most tracks at some point. It beats a mouse any day of the week
10―The Princess―gone from hanging around in the sun to staying with us most of the time . Maybe we offer better service that the owner of the place we rent who lives behind us ?
11―Song notes for a track that was―for a week―the best thing I’d ever done (maybe you can see where this is heading). And, on the eighth day, I decided it was total shit and consigned it to the trash post haste, never to be seen or heard of again.
I am on a good run at the moment―maybe even seven out of 10 tracks I’ve finished I’m super happy with―but this… well, let’s call it a moment of madness. But I do love to make lists when I’m working―it helps me to visualize the overall process of writing and arranging, and see where I am “on that road.” Or maybe I’m just OCD !
12―Mid-afternoon walk (after yoga). Otherwise I sit on my ass all day and it’ll get more wobbles than a dubstep bass line. Also, very important to get fresh air every afternoon, before the debauchery of the night descends!
13―It’s electrical, it’s on my walk and I like the look of it! In fact, it should be a Boards of Canada cover.
14―Back to work with Liine’s new amazing Live Control 2 controller for the iPad.
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