As accomplished producers, Session Victim have been intent on delivering a characteristic body of work for uninterrupted play. With ‘Needledrop’, Session Victim have landed with significant inspiration from the lavishly textured and subtly layered jazz and soul compositions that found their way into late 90’s trip hop. Fusing an array of live instrumentation and organic melody, ‘The Pain’ incorporates electronic touches whilst skillfully holding intact a chugging groove, bringing listeners on a hypnotic journey complimented by an echoed soothing vocal sample.
“‘The Pain’, which we wrote at Hauke’s place in Berlin, was one of the last tracks on the album to come together. Right from the start this one had a different vibe that we felt was an essential piece to the overall record, channelling something more serious and urgent but ultimately uplifting” – Session Victim
Directed by Peter Malla, the accompanying video offers a visual representation for the context of the track. Delivering an intimate and cinematic piece shot across London containing an ever-pressing theme and sense of perseverance, optimism and gaining strength through adversity and pain.
“The story follows an injured skateboarder as he struggles through the process of healing. Through his physical impairment, his other senses become heightened, bringing a strengthened awareness and grounding, highlighted in the garden scenes. What he gains from his experience, ultimately builds him into a stronger skateboarder, once he’s back on the board” – Peter Malla
German duo Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling, are no strangers to releasing quality, long-format albums. Whilst riding through a discerning community of DJs, the pair have previously released three albums on tastemaker label ‘Delusions Of Grandeur’ culminating in 2017’s ‘Listen To Your heart’.
‘Needledrop’ is their fourth studio album and is set for release on ‘Night Time Stories’, the London based sistesr label to the coveted ‘LateNightTales’. The release marks a notable shift towards the downtempo dynamic of fellow masters of the LP format, such as Nightmares on Wax and DJ Shadow, artists that have played a strong influence in Session Victim’s varied output over the last decade.
Editor note: The text in this article is taken directly from a press release.