It has been 5 years since producer, composer, musician and instrument builder Crewdson [aka Hugh Jones] released his debut and only album to date ‘Gravity’ via Slowfoot Records in 2011. When he announced his arrival with his 12” ‘Dust EP’ a few months earlier he was hailed as one to watch amongst his ʻpost-dubstepʼ peers, “…blowing jazz and glitch into the vessels sails”, and both releases drew huge acclaim from the likes of Gilles Peterson, Clash, XLR8R, Time-Out, BBC, Future Sequence and The Fader to name but a few.
A video single and remix EP followed in 2012 but you might otherwise be forgiven for thinking that the newly relocated producer - from South London to the South Downs - has been idly whiling away the years away from music. You would of course be gravely mistaken. In the intervening years Crewdson has produced remixes for the likes of Ninja Tune, Lo Recordings, Sunday Best and Brownswood Records. He has been releasing records as one half of electronic soul duo Eckoclick alongside eclectic pop singer Femme. He has been the right hand man to renowned electronic producer Matthew Herbert both on and off stage since 2009 and also now runs Herbert’s Accidental Records. He has been writing music for fashion shows for prominent designers Paul Smith and Phoebe English, collaborated with London’s National Centre for Circus Arts on a bespoke performance, worked with fashion designer Jodie Cartman to create a range of playable musical headpieces, has been on tour as tech support to Thom Yorke and has contributed sounds to the rescoring of the first ever British sci fi movie ‘A Message From Mars’ as a part of The New Radiophonic Workshop in collaboration with the BBC and the BFI. He has also been building a myriad of weird and wonderful hardware electronic musical instruments such as The Odd Box, The Concertronica, The Eggiophone and The Sonic Bonnet…
Crewdson’s second album ‘TOYS’ [release date 14/7/2017] owes much to these instruments, which have increasingly become central to his production methods and sound and which also provide the albums title and imagery.