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Raves Of Future Past

by T.Williams

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    T.Williams' thunderous debut album Raves Of Future Past pressed on 12" Timeslide Electric Blue vinyl, housed in fully a illustrated gatefold sleeve.

    ALBUM BLURB:: Unless you’re a Cretaceous rock formation (shout-out the Pierre shale) twenty years is a fairly long time to be doing anything, particularly in the ever shifting world of underground music, and unless you’ve been sleeping under one of the aforementioned rock formations for the past twenty years you’d be hard pushed not to know the name T.Williams or as part of the legendary Black Ops under his former grime alias Dread D.
    We won’t bog you down with a list of his career highs and achievements right now (if you want that you can read it here) but long story short during a period of an enforced (but much welcomed) hiatus from touring as an in-demand DJ and club music hero, brought about by the global shitshow / internatty bread baking tournament that was known in the trade as the COVID 19 pandemic T.Williams, like the best of us, found himself locked down with time on his hands.

    Using it wisely he spent countless hours reconnecting with and cataloguing his extensive vinyl record collection, diving headlong into twenty five plus years of rave music ranging from UK Garage and grime to jungle, D&B and everything in between. Listening to records end to end, trawling liner notes and generally doing it like he used to do it before the world became a much busier place and every piece of information and art in your life was served up to you algorithmically and in (compressed) high-definition by a little black mirror.

    Whilst embarking on this sonic journey through the past Tesfa also bought himself a futuristic new tool: an Elektron Digitakt which he says “saved me during lockdown” and got to work on a bunch of music arguably unlike anything he’d made before, which, a couple of lost hard drives and cosmic interventions later, we at Purple City are now proudly presenting to you now in the form of T.Williams debut album Raves Of Future Past. “Proudly presenting” … Who are we pretending to be? We don’t actually talk like that: We’re gasssssed to bring you T.Williams debut album Raves Of Future Past.

    Jungle, breaks, grime, garage, UK Funky, eski, sublow, deconstructed blog bullshit: it’s got all of that in it, but it’s not really any of that. At heart the album is simply straight rave music: Check out the grimey square wave bassline on Love All You Squares, listen to the expertly chopped jungle breaks on She Loves or You Will See or maybe just try and guess how much time platforms like Beatport are going to waste categorising T4000 or Cheery Coke… organic house / indie dance category we see you. To quote Tesfa Williams himself on the album “This is the album I wanted to make when I was 20 years old, but didn’t know how”

    Raves Of Future Past is a reflective, historically informed musical statement from an artist who can never stop moving toward the future, but perfectly tuned for the present moment.

    And before you roll your weary, journalistic eyes, yes, yes it is a science-fiction themed electronic music concept album but don’t panic: it's not some pretentious chinstroking granular synthesis shite made by a white guy called Hans… In fact, it’s barely even a concept album. It's basically just an album of rave heavy, wall to wall bangers loosely tied together with a time travelling X-Men theme because the title was a clever play on words derived from the best plotline ever in a classic 1990s cartoon so why the fuck not?

    Includes unlimited streaming of Raves Of Future Past via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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    edition of 300 

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    T.Williams' thunderous debut album Raves Of Future Past pressed on 12" Timeslide Electric Blue vinyl, housed in fully a illustrated gatefold sleeve bundled with the super limited Raves Of Future Past official comic book: 20+ pages of golden era adventure, intrigue and (obviously) shameless marketing opportunities

    *** PLESE NOTE THIS ITEM IS STILL IN PRE-PRODUCTION - MORE DETAILS AND IMAGES COMING ASAP ***

    Includes unlimited streaming of Raves Of Future Past via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days
    edition of 50 

      £40 GBP or more 

     

  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    T.Williams' thunderous debut album Raves Of Future Past in embroidered five panel cap format aka it's a hat that comes with a free download of the full album.

    Machine embroidered "RoFP" and T.Williams "X" logo on an AS Colour Access Five Panel Cap.

    Low profile five panel cap, curved peak
    Adjustable fastener with metal clasp, tonal under-peak lining
    Light weight
    100% cotton
    One size fits all

    Includes unlimited streaming of Raves Of Future Past via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days
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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    *** PLEASE NOTE PRODUCT IS IN PRE-PRODUCTION. MORE IMAGES SOON COME"

    The official visual accompaniment to the epic voyage that is T.William's Raves Of Future Past!!!

    Is it a dry as dust, pretentious piece of chinstroking densely plotted around the album? Nah. Our heroic illustration team of Matthew D Bayfield and Joe "thursday Wisher just took the track names and drew whatever seemed like a vibe. Pure inspiration rather than pure theoretical academia-ization (yeah that's a word).

    Have fun as you attempt to read along to the record at 160 beats per minute.

    FREE DOWNLOAD OF THE FULL ALBUM WITH EVERY COPY.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Raves Of Future Past via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 2 days
    edition of 100 

      £15 GBP or more 

     

  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    Purchasable with gift card

      £10 GBP  or more

     

  • Raves Of Future Past "Black Future" Limited Edition Bundle
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    *** PLEASE NOTE THE CURRENT IMAGES ARE MOCKUPS ONLY. THE ACTUAL PHYSICAL PRODUCT WILL KICK THE SHIT OUT OF THESE LAME TEASER IMAGES (AND WE'LL ADD THEM AS SOON AS WE HAVE STOCK IN HAND ***

    T.Williams' thunderous debut album Raves Of Future Past pressed on 12" Timeslide Electric Blue vinyl, housed in fully a illustrated gatefold sleeve bundled with a yellow on black RoFP logo blast tee.

    Printed using water based ink on AS Colour Classic 5026 tees.
    Heavy weight, 220 GSM, 100% combed cotton

    Limited to 15 pieces in this colour-way.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Raves Of Future Past via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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  • Raves Of Future Past "Purple Future" Limited Edition Bundle
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    *** PLEASE NOTE THE CURRENT IMAGES ARE MOCKUPS ONLY. THE ACTUAL PHYSICAL PRODUCT WILL KICK THE SHIT OUT OF THESE LAME TEASER IMAGES (AND WE'LL ADD THEM AS SOON AS WE HAVE STOCK IN HAND ***

    T.Williams' thunderous debut album Raves Of Future Past pressed on 12" Timeslide Electric Blue vinyl, housed in fully a illustrated gatefold sleeve bundled with a purple on yellow RoFP logo blast tee.

    Printed using water based ink on AS Colour Classic 5026 tees.
    Heavy weight, 220 GSM, 100% combed cotton.

    Limited to 10 pieces in this colour-way.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Raves Of Future Past via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

    Sold Out

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about

Unless you’re a Cretaceous rock formation (shout-out the Pierre shale) twenty years is a fairly long time to be doing anything, particularly in the ever shifting world of underground music, and unless you’ve been sleeping under one of the aforementioned rock formations for the past twenty years you’d be hard pushed not to know the name T.Williams or as part of the legendary Black Ops under his former grime alias Dread D.
We won’t bog you down with a list of his career highs and achievements right now (if you want that you can read it here) but long story short during a period of an enforced (but much welcomed) hiatus from touring as an in-demand DJ and club music hero, brought about by the global shitshow / internatty bread baking tournament that was known in the trade as the COVID 19 pandemic T.Williams, like the best of us, found himself locked down with time on his hands.

Using it wisely he spent countless hours reconnecting with and cataloguing his extensive vinyl record collection, diving headlong into twenty five plus years of rave music ranging from UK Garage and grime to jungle, D&B and everything in between. Listening to records end to end, trawling liner notes and generally doing it like he used to do it before the world became a much busier place and every piece of information and art in your life was served up to you algorithmically and in (compressed) high-definition by a little black mirror.

Whilst embarking on this sonic journey through the past Tesfa also bought himself a futuristic new tool: an Elektron Digitakt which he says “saved me during lockdown” and got to work on a bunch of music arguably unlike anything he’d made before, which, a couple of lost hard drives and cosmic interventions later, we at Purple City are now proudly presenting to you now in the form of T.Williams debut album Raves Of Future Past. “Proudly presenting” … Who are we pretending to be? We don’t actually talk like that: We’re gasssssed to bring you T.Williams debut album Raves Of Future Past.

Jungle, breaks, grime, garage, UK Funky, eski, sublow, deconstructed blog bullshit: it’s got all of that in it, but it’s not really any of that. At heart the album is simply straight rave music: Check out the grimey square wave bassline on Love All You Squares, listen to the expertly chopped jungle breaks on She Loves or You Will See or maybe just try and guess how much time platforms like Beatport are going to waste categorising T4000 or Cheery Coke… organic house / indie dance category we see you. To quote Tesfa Williams himself on the album “This is the album I wanted to make when I was 20 years old, but didn’t know how”

Raves Of Future Past is a reflective, historically informed musical statement from an artist who can never stop moving toward the future, but perfectly tuned for the present moment.

And before you roll your weary, journalistic eyes, yes, yes it is a science-fiction themed electronic music concept album but don’t panic: it's not some pretentious chinstroking granular synthesis shite made by a white guy called Hans… In fact, it’s barely even a concept album. It's basically just an album of rave heavy, wall to wall bangers loosely tied together with a time travelling X-Men theme because the title was a clever play on words derived from the best plotline ever in a classic 1990s cartoon so why the fuck not?

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released February 2, 2024

Written and Produced by Tesfa Williams
Album Mixed by James Jacob
Mastered by Beau @ Ten Eight Seven

A&R for Purple City by Ashley Hill & Matthew D Bayfield
Art Direction, Graphic Design and Typography by the Burma Shave Construction Co.
Cover Illustration by Joseph "thursday' Wisher

Project Management by Jeff Taylor

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