9 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Throwing Snow, a.k.a. London’s Ross Tones, was once known for subtlety and sensitivity: His 2011 album, Wallow, put a particularly dreamy spin on bass music, while the synthier Axioms and Embers dialed up the psychedelic splendour. But on Loma, he flexes his muscles. That’s immediately apparent from the distortion and snarling acid of the opening “Simmer,” a warehouse rave anthem par excellence. “Trébucher” and “Subtitles” fuse the sumptuous electronics of past releases with sternum-thumping bass and drums, and “Tantrum” is even meaner, riding atop snarling breaks that live up to the track’s name. But unlike some harder/faster/louder-obsessed producers, Tones understands the power of dynamics. The fastest song here, “Vulpine,” is also the nimblest, trotting out footwork rhythms so fleet they seem to be walking on air.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Throwing Snow, a.k.a. London’s Ross Tones, was once known for subtlety and sensitivity: His 2011 album, Wallow, put a particularly dreamy spin on bass music, while the synthier Axioms and Embers dialed up the psychedelic splendour. But on Loma, he flexes his muscles. That’s immediately apparent from the distortion and snarling acid of the opening “Simmer,” a warehouse rave anthem par excellence. “Trébucher” and “Subtitles” fuse the sumptuous electronics of past releases with sternum-thumping bass and drums, and “Tantrum” is even meaner, riding atop snarling breaks that live up to the track’s name. But unlike some harder/faster/louder-obsessed producers, Tones understands the power of dynamics. The fastest song here, “Vulpine,” is also the nimblest, trotting out footwork rhythms so fleet they seem to be walking on air.

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About Throwing Snow

Throwing Snow is the alias of producer Ross Tones, a London-based dance music producer whose output has been compared to that of progressive dubstep figures Shackleton, Martyn, and Machinedrum. He debuted on his A Future Without label in 2007 with Footnotes, Pt. 1, a modest digital download EP. Short-form releases for labels like Ho-Tep and Sneaker Social Club trickled out sporadically through 2011, while the following year brought a pair of compelling EPs for Snowfall. During this period, additional strides were made with remixes for Gold Panda, Eskmo, Ital Tek, and Heathered Pearls. He also participated in a trip-hop-leaning group called Snow Ghosts, which also included Hannah Cartwright and Oli Knowles.

In 2014, Tones released a pair of his most advanced EPs through Fabric's Houndstooth division (which had also signed Snow Ghosts). They preceded the album Mosaic, also released on Houndstooth, later that year. Following the February 2015 release of Snow Ghosts' second album, Tones returned to solo work with a trio of captivating digital singles, Lumen, Glower, and Xema (all collected as vinyl EP Axioms), before getting to work on his sophomore full-length. The record, titled Embers, was released once again through Houndstooth in January of 2017. ~ Andy Kellman

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