Mind In Camden will always remind me of years spent working in the west end and getting the bus home to Gospel Oak, face pressed against the window and counting down the (over)familiar shopfronts on Camden High St (Regis the hairdressers - for hard, swinging cuts) and then Camden Road, til home.
Anyway, as well as being the NW1 outpost of the venerable mental health charity, Mind In Camden is also the title of the first release on Jolly Discs, which originally came out on tape in 2016, and now receives a long-overdue and fully deserved 12” pressing. If you came to this most understated but bang-on label via the recent Never album, or the Special Occasion LP that we just reissued via the shop, Enchante will resonate: it’s the solo project of label co-founder Guy Gormley, who produced both those records, and bears the unmistakeable hallmarks of his sound: playful and tactile and bright and exposed and more than a little bit blue. It’s dance music, albeit probably more suited to when you’re stuck on a bus daydreaming about dancing, rather than actually doing it. Dunno, haven’t heard it in a club - hopefully will now!
Splitting the difference between scruffy but relatively hard-edged house (‘Gemini Tribe’) and lush,, lonerish DIY electronics with (like all the JD stuff) a perfectly-judged twee quotient, it has a fluency and freeness that makes it feel almost like a live recording, but paradoxically there’s an attention to detail which speaks of long red-eyed days and nights down the studio wormhole. Whatever, it’s just great, and the fact that it was made round the corner from us endears us to it even more. The whole thing culminates in the fathoms-deep but perfectly slouchy see-you-on-Monday 10-min house epic ‘Dream Frequency’, mixed by Dancer (Rory who does the label with Guy), one of those tracks that you know will still be working it’s melancholic magic on you two, five, thirty years down the line. Edition of 300 with picture sleeve.