"I don't have a set process,” explains the Bristol based artist Tamu Massif, the moniker of singer-songwriter and frontman Dave Dixon. "Quite often I start with a riff on the piano or guitar and build up sections layering stuff. A lot of the sounds are sampled vocals and guitar lines which I've played around with – stretched and loaded with effects, etc."
Asked about "Iron Lights", he says: "I was stuck on the song and then finished it while visiting friends in Naples over the New Year. I was away from my home studio so had to use the ‘caps-lock keyboard’ on GarageBand, but wanted to get the part down as soon as it came to me."
Bala is due in early 2017, and is the follow-up to 2015’s well-received debut, Alba, which was praised by BBC Radio 1 and 6Music as well as a whole host of other stations and key tastemakers. Previously Tamu Massif has toured in support of The Japanese House, C Duncan and Shakey Graves, among others.