Black Merlin

When Andrew Weatherall and Tim Fairplay met with George Thompson to check out a vintage synth Thompson had for sale, the seeds were already sown for Brunswick Drive, Thompson’s 12” that would be released under his Black Merlin handle on Weatherall’s Bird Scarer Records in 2012. Most recently, Black Merlin added a significant contribution to the resurgence of Balinese and Javanese music with his Hipnotik Tradisi album released on the Island Of The Gods label last summer, where he features Gamelan, Gong, Bamboo and a number of field recordings from around the island, working in close collaboration with Old-world Balinese musicians. Never one to plan a set beforehand, this fearless producer from Yorkshire continues to embrace the unexpected in his performances, preferring instead to soak up the energy of the floor and run with it.