Field Music & Warm Digits – BBC Radio 3 Late Junction Session

July 20, 2012

What do we have here? A collaboration between Field Music and Warm Digits? “Sound good” I hear you say. Well, yes, yes it is.

So, in a nutshell, the story goes as follows: Two North East bands (Field Music and Warm Digits) were invited to do a BBC Late Junction session earlier this year. They recorded four tracks for the show and now the kind folk over at Distraction Records have put out said tracks on a lovely new 10″.

I must say it’s a perfect combination, you can really hear the influence of both bands shining through to give something completely unique. A very Krautrock-esque beat flows throughout the entire record, acting as a guide for everything else to latch itself onto. There so much detail in this record too. A plethora of miniscule sounds rise up then slowly diminish. Space age electronics hover around, intertwining with strange sounding percussion. Luckily though, it’s not overpowering and it’s brought together nicely to make a wholesome record. I wasn’t sure how well the two bands would work together but, after hearing this, it’s clear that the four talented musicians can complement each others styles to great effect. The record still manages to have a strong sense of melody running throughout it. After just one listen, I still have ‘Travelodge Blues’ stuck in my head. Although, it’s not all upbeat. ‘Snow Watch’ is a beat-less, avant guard soundscape, working as a perfect resting point mid way through the record. It’s a really great piece of music and I’m glad I shelled out the money and got my hands on the physical copy. Plus, just look at that cover, it’s incredible!

I wonder wether they may consider a few more joint ventures in the future, maybe, but who knows.


The 10″ is out now on Distraction Records.
Check it out here.

There’s also a few pictures up on the BBC website from the session itself. Have a look.


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