Circle Traps

Circle Traps are an electronic trio who splice the aural textures of their London surroundings with a heavy pulse reminiscent of the Motor City’s best. Check out their new EP Machine City on Lex…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 30 Jul 2014
  • min read
Like many of the best artisans of electronic music, London trio Circle Traps sound like they’re in thrall to their surroundings.

The group - comprising of Jack Wyllie, Duncan Bellamy and Will Ward - record their bleeps in the London suburb of Leyton among East End factories in the shadow of Canary Wharf.

As with the Human League, Cabaret Voltaire or techno producers such as Kevin Saunderson or Juan Atkins, their music has a raw physicality - you can almost hear factories pounding through the beats and computers at the heart of the tracks on new EP Machine City.

Amid the textures and dissonance, there’s also some serious dancefloor-baiting popping via these new aural work outs. It’s music which works as well on the headphones as it does in the club and is a leap forward from previous releases via Opit and Five Easy Pieces. It’s also a very different sound to Jack and Duncan’s work in the Mercury nominated jazz act Portico Quartet.

If you’re in London, then check out a launch party for Machine City this Thursday (31 July) at Concrete… if not, then get to know this exciting group a little better in our 30 seconds interview…

We first started writing music because…
We were friends and were interested in similar music.

We have been making music since…
We released our first EP in 2010.

Our music is…
Modern Detroit-tinged electronic music made for cites.

You'll like our music if you listen to…
Lukid, Derrick May...

Our favourite venue is…
Village Underground.

Music is important because…
It provides opportunities for expression, bringing inner ideas to other people which can cut across socio-economic boundaries.

Our biggest inspiration is…
Friends and their various interests.

Our dream collaboration would be…
Daniel Lopitan.

To try us out, listen to our song…
Machine City.

If we weren’t making music we’d be…
Virgins!

In 10 years time we want to be…
Still making exiting contempory music and art.

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