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Catalyst is new single from GiANT, the Stortford-born collaboration between Archive and 24Vision

By Paul Winspear

A collaboration between a Bishop's Stortford rapper and a British electronic band, who have long enjoyed success on the European mainland while remaining little-known at home, has yielded a second single.

Catalyst, a follow-up to Glitch, is the work of GiANT, a musical initiative between Archive – who this year celebrate their 25th anniversary – and rapper 24Vision, aka Jimmy Collins, who lives on the Parsonage estate.

GiANT's Stortford credentials are augmented by the fact that one of the two lifelong members of Archive, Darius Keeler, lives in the town, and that the live incarnation of GiANT currently consists of 24Vision and Stortford's Jargon Lynch frontman Dean Austin – and they will be playing at The Horn at the Half Moon on Saturday (July 6).

Featuring guest vocals from Dave Pen, of Archive and Birdpen, and Dean, Catalyst is described as "a tornado of thoughts about what it is to be British in the modern era". Loosely based on 24Vision’s life story, it takes the listener on a tempestuous journey through the dismantling of society – “We were destined to turn the West End into a Western”.

According to their PR company, GiANT are "ready to challenge the status quo in modern-day hip-hop".

The single is accompanied by a grimy tenement video in the style of Gangster No 1, the 2000 British crime film starring Paul Bettany, Malcolm McDowell, David Thewlis and Saffron Burrows.

It was directed by David Levine, a music photographer nicknamed "The Man Who Shot the 80s" on account of his work with Culture Club – his older brother Steve produced their albums – ABC, Kylie Minogue, The Cure, Jermaine Jackson, 5 Star and Siouxsie Sioux.

Dean told the Indie: "24vision is known on the local music scene for getting involved with various projects, but mostly as a prolific solo artist.

"Behind the scenes, the music is created by Danny [Griffiths] and Darius of Archive, who are huge in Paris and most of Europe but little known in their homeland.

"Darius moved to Stortford a couple of years ago, and their recording studio [Hirondelle Studio, on the outskirts of Stortford] is where Tim Webster is based as a producer and recording engineer. Tim was also involved in the music-making process for GiANT."

Archive were formed in 1994 as a trip-hop band when Darius and Danny teamed up with Roya Arab and rapper Rosko John. They have evolved into a musical collective with 10 studio albums to their name. In May, to mark their quarter-century, they released 25, featuring 26 tracks drawn from the band's career, including new and previously unreleased songs.

GiANT play only their third ever gig this Saturday at The Horn at the Half Moon pub in North Street. Their first was a warm-up at the Rose and Crown in Station Road for a gig in Brighton.

"The live incarnation of GiANT is currently just me and 24vision: I control a laptop, two analog synths, an array of FX pedals and all backing vocals," said Dean. "I make all the noise and Jimmy raps over it."

They will be appearing on a bill that also features headliners Chalk City, Elephant Jane and Taylor Nathan. Tickets are £7 on the door or £5.50 in advance from www.thehornbs.co.uk.

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