One half of breakbeat duo Evil Nine, Tom Beaufoy, is due to release his debut solo album ‘Absolute Melt’ early next February on Out Yer Box, the sister label to Irvine Welsh’s Jack Said What label. The album distils a wide range Tom’s musical influences including breakbeat, soul, funk, hip-hop, hardcore, house, into a succession of beatscapes.
fuelled ‘Give Up (Don’t)’, with his production ability shining through on the album with the release of this 8.45 mins track. Primed for the dancefloor, its bursting with bright guitar and bass licks – drums, strings and BV’s that build to a crescendo and back again.
EVL Tom was formerly one half of Evil Nine with Pat Pardy, originally signed to Adam Freeland’s label Marine Parade. ‘Their award-winning ‘You Can Be Special Too’ and ‘They Live!’ albums received widespread acclaim’ and in the process collaborated with artists such as El-P from Run The Jewels, Danny Brown, Aesop Rock and Emily Breeze.
They were residents at Fabric London, did a BBC Radio One Essential Mix and toured the world several times performing at Fuji Rock Festival, Space in Miami, Twilo in NYC, Coachella and Arcadia at Glastonbury.
They remixed a whole host of acts such as The Temper Trap, UNKLE, Alex Metric, Timo Maas, Gorillaz and others. The Evils also turned in compilation mixes for the ‘FabricLive’ and ‘Y4K’ series.
Tom now chiefly DJs and produces solo as EVL Tom, has a monthly radio show The Evil Tom Show, and will be celebrating the launch of the ‘Absolute Melt’ album with a big event in his home city of Brighton towards the end of 2023.