We return back to Idyllic Perth, where we introduce you Henry Ascroft (a.k.a. The Blank) – producer, photographer and auditory portrait creator.
He’s 17 years old and his story has just begun. When you listen to his beats you’ll instantly notice the track’s signature fuzzy, gritty synths. You might think, “You know, this sounds like Mount Kimbie meets James Blake meets Burial meets some fuzzy hip-hop joint,” and you’d be pretty on point.
Though, there’s something more intimate, immediate, about Ashcroft’s production. It’s unkempt. It’s unwrapping at the seams. The bass hits and unravels like it’s a baseball that’s been smacked unconscious out of the stadium. It’s no surprise the young producer grew up listening to early house records and UK garage tracks, because his music seems like it’s grown from the same mold.
“In the early stages I was trying to copy James Blake with a lot of my sounds, trying to mimic his synths and offbeat drum riffs. And I developed from there. After about a year of developing I figured I would start to work on something totally different, something new.”
It didn’t take long before The Blank started to craft something new. Tracks like Clouded attracted hip-hop heads because of its snappy percussion and smashing bass. Its wonky, off step rhythm and buildingkstructure played to those who fancy downtempo electronic music. Now, he’s grown a niche following on SoundCloud, befriended fellow Perth dweller Ta-ku and has an EP coming out with Darker Than Wax. The Blank’s story is only in its beginning stages, but it’s time to start paying attention. His narrative is just about to get good, damn good. With future collaborations in the works (Ta-ku, Wabz and True North) and a nine track EP to look forward to—well—you fill in the blank.
"This EP is the culmination of a developing sound. The tracks have combined elements of various styles which I have tried to incorporate into something fresh. Its a dedication to my history with music, an opening curtain to what have been brewing in my mind. Its hoped that this will take you on a journey, from one side of town to the other; from the slum to the skyscrapers. While being true to my history, this is as much a personal interpretation as it is an inspired piece."
Link - soundcloud.com/the-blank/
released 08 July 2012
All tracks produced by Henry Ashcroft
Tracks are mastered by Jason Tan of Eastward Audio