LSD Exclusive: The Burrell Connection – Wildlife

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At the end of 2017, Warehouse Project resident Krysko launched his label I Walked By Night with the old-school, acid leaning sounds of newcomer Tristan Grace. The second release from the label has just dropped this week and comes firing out of the Southside of Glasgow.

The Burrell Connection has been flying under the radar for a few years now appearing on labels like West End Communications and Craigie Knowes. Southside is indebted to a raw, 90s US House sound and although released just this week, could frankly have come out twenty years ago. The EP boasts some timeless material and today we are delighted to premiere Wildlife, a healthy combination of wavey (dare we say a little trancey?) synths and colossal stomping drums.

We were also lucky enough for The Burrell Connection to answer a few of our questions.

Local Suicide: Hi and thanks for speaking to us. So who is The Burrell Connection and where does the name come from?

The Burrell Connection: Yo! I’m a 21 year old musician living in Glasgow. The alias stems from a local park/art gallery I used to frequent with my mother as a child. A few years ago I began looking at the history of the park and saw that the council had tried several times to demolish the park to make way for flats. In the year I was born, people came from all over to protest against the demolition, many of them lived in the park for some time to prevent construction workers entering leading to its preservation. Inspired by older dance music the concept of ‘preservation’ – not strictly in terms of sound but also the ‘DIY’ ethos –  is something I’ve always tried to incorporate when making music, so the name seemed fitting. It’s also a subtle nod to some of my early influencers – Mike Dunn’s ‘MD Connection’ and The Burrell Brothers.

LSD: What was you musical upbringing like? The EP is indebted to quite old school sounds but we’ve heard you’re still quite young. What is the appeal for you for these older sonorities?

TBC: I got into dance music the same way a lot of Scottish kids do – through trance and happy hardcore. A cracked copy of Sony Acid was far more accessible to me at that age than a set of turntables so I guess that’s how I got into producing.  I’ve always been into older stuff but I wouldn’t say it’s my sole inspiration. I love using hardware and the way that it sounds but I’ve never made a track with the sole intention of making it sounding ‘old’ or ‘vintage’. When I made these tracks I’d just gotten my hands on a Juno 6 so I guess the ‘old school’ sound can largely be attributed to its use as the synth came out in 1982 and has been used on countless dance records ever since.

LSD: You’re currently operating out of Glasgow, what do you think makes it such a vibrant city musically? 

TBC: I could ramble on about this all day but for me it boils down to 2 key things – club laws and the weather.

Glasgow’s licensing laws mean clubs only stay open until 3, sometimes 4 but this is very rare. This has created a strong after party scene in unlicensed venues for quite some time now, giving up and coming local DJ’s a platform for exposure which otherwise would be far less possible. When these spots aren’t open or get shut down, having nowhere to take the party except someone’s house or flat also drives the social aspect of clubbing; here I’ve met most of my close friends, many of whom share a similar passion for dance music that I doubt would’ve evolved if clubs could run 24hrs.

The weather here is fucking shit. I could count the number of days of sunshine we’ve had this summer on one hand – for me this has only meant more time spent inside working on music whereas if I lived elsewhere I’d probably find myself distracted lying around on a beach all day.. I’m sure others would agree.

Also, having somewhere like Rubadub on your doorstep is a blessing for learning about music, equipment and buying records.

LSD: And what is with the Southside of the city after which the EP is named after? Any particular spots you’d recommend or that inspired tracks from the EP? (if you’ve got any nice pics please send on too) 

TBC: Hmm I wouldn’t say any spots in particular inspired the record but regularly walking past The Shed on a Saturday night has no doubt influenced this record in some way but I’ve no idea of telling if it’s for bad or worse.  Ranjits Kitchen is pretty bangin if you like your paroka’s sweet. Otherside is the place for second hand vinyl and other rarities…

LSD: What are you up to for the rest of the summer? You’re debuting your live set soon, will this be at Warehouse Project again?

TBC: Now I’m finished uni I’m back to making music almost every day, I’m working on a live set and a couple new EP’s but have no plans to debut any just yet. I’d love to get back to the warehouse again this year but that’s up to Krysko!

Southside is out now on I Walked By Night. Grab a vinyl copy on Juno.