Anna Meredith‘s music is exhilarating and magnificent. An incredible electronic contemporary composer, producer and musician, she never ceases to surprise us. Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems is her latest offering, an album described as “a full-throttle reinvention of the traditional fairground dodgems”, which is also part of the Dodge installation at London’s Somerset House. The idea came to life as a pandemic-friendly alternative for the ice rink at the main courtyard at Somerset House and can be visited and experienced this summer. If you’re not in London, you can still play the dodgems virtually at home on bumpsperminute.com.
Speaking about Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems, Meredith said she “approached writing these 18 tracks like little exercises, making identities that are bold, playful and characterful but without beats, percussion or any acoustic elements and relying on my skills to create melodic and harmonic based energy.” She added:
“They’re also less about musical development than my orchestral work or material in my studio albums, these tracks are only themselves and unapologetically so, and that freed me up to unleash some pretty bonkers ideas, knowing it’s about these bold switches – like a sort of musical Whacky Races…”.
For a taste of what’s on offer, here’s ‘BPM 124’.
Bumps Per Minute: 18 Studies for Dodgems is out now through Moshi Moshi