In the last 12 months Fis, aka Olly Peryman, has quietly, but steadily been building a name for himself on the underground as a producer to keep a very firm eye on. Having put out a handful of acclaimed, somewhat hard to find 12” releases on a couple of different labels, (‘DMT Usher’ having appeared on a very limited 12” release by Samurai Horo in 2012). Preparations, his first release for Tri Angle, finds Fis poised to take his beautiful and bewildering sound to a wider audience and confirm why websites like Resident Advisor have had things like this to say about him;
‘A producer that has suddenly appeared, rather fully-formed, doing something completely individual, sounding like absolutely no one else.’ – Todd Burns
Fis’s music, as complex and alien sounding as it can be, presents a challenge when trying to explain exactly what it sounds like. His tracks often have the ability to completely disorientate and absorb the listener, creating rhythms that constantly seem to be consuming one another, shifting before anyone’s had a chance to process them. ‘Magister Nunns’ is colossal psychedelic intimidation as ancient as it is futuristic, robotic and yet swampy and elemental, while ‘DMT Usher’ thrillingly feels as violent as it does meditative. Fis has actually stated that, ‘Lately most of my rhythms are drawn from what I hear and see from my body during meditation.’
Having worked with a number of drum and bass artists in the past, Fis wouldn’t necessarily refer to himself as a drum and bass producer, especially considering how much he mangles and distorts the sound. That said, in attempting to get a handle on what the man is doing, the influence is an important one to note. Another intrinsic element in the music is Fis’s location of New Zealand. Born and raised in Sumner, currently based in Wellington, Fis’s setting has undoubtedly had a huge impact on his sound. In fact the flutes on ‘Magister Nunns’ make direct reference to Dr Richard Nunns, an authority on nga taonga puoro and an elder in New Zealand’s music community. Preparations encapsulates Fis as a writer of rhythm and place.
Preparations Track List
01. Magister Nunns
02. DMT Usher
03. Mildew Swoosh
04. CE Visions
Check out ‘DMT Usher’ now:
Preparations will be available on limited edition vinyl and digitally worldwide via Tri Angle on November 18.