Circulation were pivotal during the 90s and 00s as one of the early ambassadors for a more tech influenced House sound. Now, original founder Paul Davis is back with a new label and a fresh incarnation of the Circulation sound, we caught up with him to discuss.
Circulation - Interview with Minimal Mag
I met my partner Matt Jackson through a mutual friend at my record shop in London in 1997 and we started a label called Resolve which was distributed by Intergroove and was very much a techno based project.
We also found ourselves experimenting with lots of disco and funk samples for example our “Green” release, which was our first Circulation record, has a loop from Stone ‘Time’ which was very much the music I was listening to as a teenager.
This music was completely different from what we had started making, so we decided to start Circulation, with a series of releases, each one themed on a colour.
Our music was being played by many lots of leading djs , from Sasha to Colin Dale crossing different boundaries. Along with Peace Division, Terry Fancis and a few others, we were the branded as the pioneers of ‘Tech House’.
With the success of the music, we went on to DJ all over the world played bi monthly @ fabric, London, we played live at the first Creamfields in Argentina, closing the festival and many other parties
The ethos behind the music was pretty much the same; a hypnotic groove, the airy pads & warm synths, and i would say a little more club friendly, I’m trying to keep each EP as varied as i can but still keeping the Circulation sound.
I have no set rule on how I start a track but normally I’ll either start with a synth pattern or bassline and use that as a template to base the track around.
I’m using the plugins to morph & manipulate sounds and drum patterns, which i think is working well, the production i’m trying to keep as warm and analog sounding as i can in this digital age.