Feeding frenzy for Temposhark
November 26, 2004
The big fish of London’s murky-watered progressive dance scene are quickly being swallowed up by the menacing new presence of Temposhark.
The new techno-dance kids on the block have whipped some of the capital’s big boys into a feeding frenzy with a brand of music that was chiselled from the electronica dancefloors of the early 80s – and forged from an unlikely Berkshire hotbed.
Sonning’s Bluecoat School can hardly claim to have promoted itself as a breeding ground for future dance stars. Yet, just as Chemical Brother Tom Rowlands did a decade ago, two of the genre’s latest stars have stepped out of the blue blazer and adorned the millstone of music’s new great white hope.
Rob Biament and Luke Busby were both Bluecoat boys, and their return to Berkshire this summer was a triumphant one.
Supporting Libertines front man Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles at the Fez Club’s Festival after-show party in August, the pair introduced Temposhark to a hungry crowd.
Three months on, Reading and London are hooked on the refreshing new brand of dancefloor grooves – and soon the world will know their names too.
Busby, an experimental producer who now lives and works in Henley, and singer Diament were joined in August by Canadian bass player Jasmin O’Meara and the trio release their debut single, Neon Question Mark, on December 6.
It is the perfect end to a remarkable year which has seen Temposhark rise from the depths to surface menacingly with standout summer performances at We Love Homelands and The Fez.
Title track Neon Question Mark and double-A side Crime ooze with vintage synth, yet sound fresh thanks to sharp lyrics and pinpoint production.
Influential critics including Mark Moore have already warmed to the electro flame burning bright in Berkshire and, pretty soon, the lesser-spotted Temposhark will surely become a greatly-spotted beast.
Single news and details of future Temposhark gigs are on the band’s website at www.temposhark.com.