BLACKMANTIS is the latest project from Cardiff based producer Deri Roberts, possibly best known for being one-third of Slowly Rolling Camera. This new project/album sees him delve into his darker electronic side fusing together his love for sound sculpture, electronica, and jazz. The result is an exciting, ever-changing sound world, raking you on a sonic journey into the unknown full of twists and turns.
His debut album ‘Devil’s Flower’ sees Roberts collaborating with bristol based Ben Waghorn on saxophone (Portishead, Kasabian, Goldfrapp), and one of his oldest musical collaborators Elliott Bennett on drums.Bennett and Roberts met while studying at The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and have worked together on numerous musical projects since. Jon Goode (Kosheen) on bass provides harmonic movement with Mark Sambell floating on top with some Glasper esque piano voicings.
Upon listening to BLACKMANTIS it will come as no surprise that Roberts began his musical career as a TV and film composer, as the music takes you on a journey evoking powerful imagery throughout. The blend of sonic landscapes, dark synths, broken beats, soaring saxaphone and intimate keys leaves the listener not knowing what’s around the corner.
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Masterminded by Edition label boss Dave Stapleton, producer Deri Roberts and drummer Elliot Bennett, Juniper fuses expansive jazz grooves with rich cinematic soundscapes marking the beginning of a new era for the group, anchoring new instrumental roots whilst bringing together a dynamic instrumental team of ex-Cinematic Orchestra guitarist Stuart McCallum, bassist Aidan Thorne and Belgian saxophonist Nicolas Kummert. With Juniper the band have returned to the original vision of their instrumental roots and the result is vibrant, bold and excitingly fresh.
The new music sustains their lush aural trajectory, evoking comparisons with the Cinematic Orchestra, blending strong melodies, big grooves and surprising turns of phrase, instilled with an expansive emotional gravitas. Colliding worlds of jazz, trip-hop and cinematic soundscapes, this music is a rich culmination of 15 years of friendship and making music together.