Pamela Records is the new-born sister label to Moton Records Inc, a London imprint headed up by Dave Jarvis and Darren House. It will accommodate original music with a dark twist, dissimilar to the collectable edits previously released on Moton.
Their first release comes from the late Andrew Weatherall, who had worked on the record before tragically passing away in February. Written and produced in a studio inside the Woodleigh Research Facility alongside studio partner Nina Walsh, Weatherall delivers an eerily crisp four-track EP; featuring low-slung tempos, sinister pads and genre-defying sounds.
The record kicks off with ‘The Moton 5’, a track driven by its chugging bassline and off kilter soundscapes. The Weatherall darkness we’ve come to know and love can be heard throughout, encouraged by the eerie soundscapes and slow, thumping kicks.
The A2, titled ‘Slap and Slide’ takes a different approach to the opener. The leisurely tempo remains, but this time it’s met by bubbling SFX, a delicate lead riff and a grooving funk bass. It’s detailed and more numerous ingredients are refreshing when placed next to the other tracks, which are more straight faced.
‘March Violets’ is the third track on the record, and perhaps the darkest of the four. Unearthly pads and synths carry the track from kick to kick, whilst short bass notes give the B1 real movement and fluidity. The release is rounded off by ‘The Moton 5 – 2’, which follows in the footsteps of its accompanying B-side track. Long-winded pads and a peculiar background racket mean the B2 definitely doesn’t feel out of place on this EP.
With the world seemingly collapsing around us, Weatherall gifts us with a welcomed break from the madness. Pamela #1 is perhaps one of if not the only times we’ll get to hear unheard material from the ‘guv. It perfectly encapsulates the ‘A Love from Outer Space’ project he had been working on with Sean Johnston over the past few years; dark, cosmic disco that helps to create ‘an oasis of slowness in a world of increasing velocity’.
When speaking about the release, Weatherall said:
“The great thing about not being signed to a major a label is that it’s liberating. No deadlines, no restraints, no pressures. The result – the creative process is completely free. There’s a blank canvas in the studio, you can pretty much go anywhere you want”
Rest in Peace Andrew Weatherall 1963 – 2020.