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Gottwax EP 3 – Review (with Ponty Mython)


Ah, April… The sun is finally starting to come out from under the clouds, thus warming our hearts and minds, as well as reminding us that the best season is almost upon us! Summer? No, of course not, it’s the festival season! With April comes Gottwood Festival vinyl imprint Gottwax‘s yearly offering of their carefully selected grooves.

This year we are treated to a bright orange four track EP with grooves coming in from Appleblim, Bonar Bradberry, Ponty Mython and Krywald & Farrer. “Phosphene” by Appleblim eases us in with a lovely slow crawler. Layers upon layers of synth goodness peppered with incredible drum programming, have a listen:

Next up, we have one-half of PBR Streetgang‘s Bonar Bradberry with his dreamy entry – “MOD”. Slow and steady rhythm oozes TRON – futuristic synths intertwine with a slow kick drum and very minute percussion to deliver what I can only describe as that feeling you get just after a good festival. Echoes of a storm.

On the flip, Lithuania’s fast up and coming star Ponty Mython picks the mood up with “Ruddy’s Loop”. Disassembled breaks, a powerful jazzy double bass, clever piano samples as well as an uplifting synth line drive in the “summer is here!” feel. A clever vocal cut about sampling makes the whole effort quite cheeky in the best sense of the word.

Ponty Mython

Ponty Mython

I managed to catch up with Ponty Mython and ask him a few questions:

Mantas: How did the partnership with Gottwax come about?

Ponty Mython: Tom from Gottwax found one of my unreleased tunes in some podcast and asked me to play it. I sent him a 4 track playlist with “Ruddy’s Loop” on it. He liked it so much that we decided to release it.

Mantas: What is the idea behind “Ruddy’s Loop”? Where is the quote in the song from?

Ponty Mython:  I thought a lot about Roni Size’s 90s stuff while making the tune. Wanted to make something with a live bassline, classic breakbeats, but served as a house song. Then I found that quote about sampling in an interview with Roni Size. So it is like an ode to sampling. Every time I play it people ask “what is that?!”, haha. I guess it is a very bright spot in my discography. ūüôā

Mantas: Who’s Ruddy?

Ponty Mython: It is just my imagination – it is a guy from the 90s, who just found that fat bassline loop and was excited to do something with it.

Finally, it is Krywald & Farrer‘s turn to close the proceedings with “Innacamo”. The end, however, is tropical and the jubilant African vocals are what keep a smile on my face when the dreaded April showers loom. A guitar sample helps keep things interesting and the bassline mixed with copious amounts of bongos flesh this one out into a truly fun floor filler.

As a whole this is a great entry yet another year by Gottwax and annoyingly is getting me even more excited about Gottwood – most of these guys will be performing there. Why annoyingly? Because it is still April and Gottwood cannot come fast enough.

Available 16th April 2016 – Record Store Day release, record available from selected RSD outlets and Gottwax online store. You can pre-order online via the Gottwood shop.

Gottwood Festival Announce Even More Names


Festival news all around but here’s one that actually excites me. Gottwood¬†have just added even more names to the list!

Joining the Gottwood Family will be the Barcelona based Hivern Discs Label owner John Talabot, known for his slow moving and ebullient house. Alongside John Talabot, Gottwood welcomes the return of Rush Hour records (and York favorite) Hunee, a Gottwood favourite following an epic set in the Gottwood Forest during the 2015 event.

Gottwood are also excited to announce rising star John Dimas, who will bring his stripped back avante-garde house and techno sound to a Gottwood stage, whilst hotly tipped Manchester grime collective LEVELZ take over an intimate corner of the welsh woodland.

Ensuring all musical bases are covered jazz, funk and fusion band The Expansions, who are best known as Andrew Ashongs session band, will play Live on the Lawn Stage as will the enthused raw groove, funk and hip-hop sounds of The Max Graef Band and the afro edit sounds of Sheffield’s Al Zander aka Lodger.

Futureboogie’s Maxxi Soundsystem, twin duo The Menendez Brothers and One Records head honcho Subb-An will be bringing more up front party attitude to the forest, along with the well respected Leicester based club night and label collective City Fly. Manchester based crowd-loving crate-digger Neil Diablo will also be onboard, playing solo and also alongside Crazy P original member Jim Baron as their Ron & Neil collaboration.

127 days left to go!

Tickets and more info at


Gottwood Festival 2016 here we come!


Riding the end of the festival season like a wave that’s quickly dissipating, we haven’t got much ahead of us but months of free-floating through¬†work and winter. ¬†We will eventually get to the distant shores of the summer to come, in the meantime we drift through the months dealing with the flotsam of daily tasks. ¬†Don’t despair, we’ve caught site of something on that promising shore:¬†Gottwood Festival have announced the release of limited super early bird tickets.

What was definitely the Animaux crew’s best festival of 2015 have plotted a course for their return on the 9th of June 2016. ¬†Although no line-up has been hinted at as of yet the Gottwood crew has instead detailed the expansion of their close-knit family of promoters. These include the Bristol based label¬†Banoffee Pies¬†and London’s highly regarded party organisers:¬†Secretsundaze.

Find a full list of promoters below.

For those who didn’t attend this year, you missed out on some of the best names in electronic music: Panorama bar regulars Hunee and Margaret Dygas, the must see Ben UFO, everyone’s favourite Motor City Drum Ensemble and the list goes on and on (no really). ¬†All of this showcased on a beautiful estate with dozens of intimate chill-spaces and clusters of art dotted around, a place where you can’t help but make new friends and have a great time.

With more people getting involved this year we, here at Animaux, can only assume the next instalment will showcase even bigger acts while, of course, maintaining the Gottwood promise of keeping it small and personal.

While I was writing this article the early birds sold out. ¬†That’s how good this festival is, and yes it’s absolutely worth paying the full price.

We also wrote an article on Why you should go to Gottwood Festival which I think captures the spirit of the woods well.

We’ll see you there!




Gottwood Festival Preview


Taking place in a now infamous Welsh forest location, Gottwood boasts a mystical fairytale-like setting. Entering its sixth year, the Gottwood team are excited to be bringing the most established and forward thinking line-up to date to their wholly independent, electronic music based festival.

I haven’t had the pleasure of attending Gottwood yet, however a friend – Alex Hughes, had this to say:

Great music, great crowd. They put the effort in making the site look amazing with the added bonus of it being in the woods. They’re keeping the capacity at 5000 now which was worked really well last year, didn’t feel too busy. Just a proper good small festival in the woods.”.

This is what attracts me to Gottwood. With the ever-expanding festivals, hour-long queues to bars / loos, it seems they are starting to forget why people decide to go and live in mud for days – the music. And oh do Gottwood crew deliver on that:

Honestly haven’t been this excited for a small festival in years. See you in a forest somewhere in Wales in June!

Full Line Up 2015: 

Adam Shelton / Andrew Ashong (Live + Dj) / Artwork / Brawther / Craig Richards b2b Ben UFO / dBridge FaltyDL / Frank & Tony / Hunee / Leon Vynehall / Marcellus Pittman Margaret Dygas / Maxxi Soundsystem / Midland / Motor City Drum Ensemble / Mouse Outfit (Live) / Move D / Om Unit  / PBR Streetgang / Point G (Live) / Radioactive Man / Ralph Lawson / Subb-an  / Tornado Wallace / Zenker Brothers / Zip

2 Bad Mice / Al Dobson Jr / Alex Arnout / Alex Jones / Bad Passion / BEHR (Live) / Bell Towers  Blackhall & Bookless / Bradley Zero / Brinsley / Casino Times / Cassio Kohl / Cedric Maison / Chimpo  Cottam / Denney / Dom Chung / eLDOKO / Francis Inferno Orchestra / Futureboogie DJ’s  / General Roots (Live) / Hesseltime / Ishmael / Josh Tweak / Lee Coombs / Luv*Jam / Michael James Morris Cowan (Live) / Nils Diezel / Prequel / Real Nice / Red Eye Hi-Fi (Live) / Romare / Ruf Dug  / Sean Brosnan / Sisterhood / Soul Jazz Soundsystem / Sounds Of The Universe DJ’s  / Steevio (Live Modular) / Tenderlonious / Tristan Da Cunha / Wolf Music / Zoo Look

Alec Function / Assheton / B&W / Bobby Pleasure / Brothers Of Jah / Chad / Charles Jordan / Charlie McFarley / Cherrie Flava / Ciaran Hansen / Congo Tuff / Croz / Dan Jordan / Daniel Orestes / Dave Beer Ed Mackie / Ed Steele / Ed Sweet / Edward Antonio / Em Williams / Endaf / Everything Is Everything / Farrer / Fox / Gold Wing / Good Block Dj’s / Hamish Cole / Herukajon / Hijinkx / Hizatron / Hugh Bailey Hunter Giles / In A Lonely Place / Indra / Itchy Rich / Jigsaw / Jonny Dub / Jonny Sleight / Jonny Tawn  / Jordan Plange / Kaim Shah / Kostas G / Kris Davis / Krywald / Lauren Lo Sung / Lorcan Mak  / Low End Grooves / Maff C / Master & Commander / Metrodome / Metske / Mr Paul / Nanny Banton  / Nick Wood OJsmooth / Optimus / Phase 2 / Rankin / Reme / Rich Reason / Rob Amboule / Sharkbait Silas & Snare Surgeon / Sison / SoulJam Dj’s / Spam Chop / Sparkz / Studio 89 DJ’s  / T-Man / Talk & Smoke / Toby Nicholas / Tom Saunders / Truthos Mufasa / Will Brockbank

Tickets can be bought HERE, more info on their website: